Ardmhéara Bhaile Atha Cliath, Mícheál Mac Donncha, launches Jigsaw Dublin City service
October 26th 2017
Ardmhéara Bhaile Atha Cliath Mícheál Mac Donncha visited Jigsaw Dublin City for our service’s official opening this afternoon. Jigsaw Dublin City is one of the latest Jigsaw services to open, and is delivering a range of vital early intervention services to improve the lives of young people experiencing mental health difficulties.
“It is a big challenge to encourage our young people to seek help, before they reach crisis point, and before their difficulties become entrenched,” commented the Ardmhéara. “Jigsaw is part of an inspiring movement, which is giving young people seeking support somewhere to turn to. Jigsaw are working closely with local communities here in Dublin to empower young people to face difficulties with their mental health.”
On hand to welcome the Lord Mayor were members of the Jigsaw team; including James Barry, Project Manager for Jigsaw Dublin City, Fiona from the Jigsaw Dublin City Youth Advisory Panel, and Dr Joseph Duffy, CEO of Jigsaw.
“It’s great to show the Lord Mayor around Jigsaw Dublin City, and share with him how Jigsaw’s early intervention support is making a real difference to the mental health of young people in our local community,” commented James. “We know that our early intervention support ensures that young people understand more about their mental health and are better able to cope with the difficulties that arise in their young lives.”
Jigsaw Dublin City provides young people in the local community with a place they can visit for free and confidential support from trained mental health professionals. The team also works closely with the local community, providing training and workshops to help others support young people with their mental health.
“For me what’s so important about Jigsaw is that it’s not just a group of adults saying ‘this is what’s best for young people and their mental health’. It involves us in looking at the problems, and working together on how best we can tackle them,” said Fiona from the Jigsaw Dublin City Youth Advisory Panel, who volunteer their time to help shape the way in which Jigsaw supports young people.
“Knowing that there is a place in Jigsaw that we can go to as young people, that is centred on us and how we feel, gives me a real sense of hope for a future where every young person will have the support we need for our mental health.”
If you would like to talk further about an appointment with Jigsaw, or organising a workshop for your school, business or youth group, you can email the team or call us on 01 658 3070.