Minister Helen McEntee to attend Jigsaw Dublin 15 World Mental Health Day event

October 07th 2016

Minister Helen McEntee to attend Jigsaw Dublin 15 World Mental Health Day event

Helen McEntee, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, will be visiting Jigsaw Dublin 15 on Monday 10th October, to join them for their 100 Reasons Challenge event for World Mental Health Day.

Speaking in advance, Minister McEntee said, “It’s essential that we encourage young people and their communities to talk about mental health and the supports that they need. 

“Events like Jigsaw Dublin 15’s 100 Reason Challenge, organised for World Mental Health Day, are vital in encouraging the conversations to happen that will ensure we develop a more open and supportive society of the mental health needs of our young people across Ireland.”

Minister McEntee will be visiting Jigsaw Dublin 15 to show her support for their 100 Reasons Challenge. There she will be joined by 100 young people who Jigsaw Dublin 15 have challenged to walk from their schools and colleges to Draíocht with a placard showing a reason why we need to talk about youth mental health. The event aims to raise awareness and funds to support Jigsaw Dublin 15's work supporting young people with their mental health.

Aoife Malone, a member of the Jigsaw Dublin 15 Youth Advisory Panel, said “Our Youth Advisory Panel has taken the lead in organising the 100 Reasons Challenge Ceremony. It’s great to see so many people taking part who are willing to show their support for Jigsaw Dublin 15, and just wanting to express their views on youth mental health.”

The Minister will be speaking at the event alongside Paul Reid, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, and Sarah Cullinan, Jigsaw’s Programme Director. The Deputy Mayor of Fingal County Council, Eithne Loftus, will also be in attendance to show his support.

Sarah Cullinan, from Jigsaw said, “In Dublin 15 we’ve set the challenge for young people to write down their messages of why we need to talk about youth mental health, but to me it’s also about them challenging all of us to raise our game in how we provide the vital mental health supports that young people are telling us they need.”

Jigsaw Dublin 15 is part of Jigsaw and the services it provides to support the mental health of young people. It’s a place where young people aged 12-25 who live, work or go to school in Dublin 15 can talk about their concerns and find solutions that work for them. 

Since Jigsaw Dublin 15 opened its doors in 2013 it has supported 1500 young people, and 8000 people have attended one of their workshops on youth mental health. 

Jigsaw Dublin 15 is located on the 2nd Floor of Blanchardstown Library at the Shopping Centre. 

Find out more about Jigsaw Dublin 15’s 100 Reasons Challenge, including how to register to take part.

For further information, please contact Matthew Oakes on 01 4727 055 or matthew.oakes@jigsaw.ie 

- Editors Notes –

What is World Mental Health Day?

World Mental Health Day takes place on Monday 10th October, and is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.

Who are Jigsaw?

Jigsaw is The National Centre for Youth Mental Health and exists to change how Ireland thinks about and responds to young people’s mental health, through Research, Engagement and Services.

  • Through Research we understand the challenges facing young people and use this to improve youth mental health services. 
  • Through Engagement with local communities we change the conversations about mental health from one of stigma and mental illness to one of openness and resilience. 
  • Through our Jigsaw Services we support young people to achieve better mental health and wellbeing.

Since our first Jigsaw opened in 2008, we’ve directly supported the mental health of more than 13,000 young people across Ireland. In 2015 alone we were able to directly support more than 3900 young people. 

Find out more about how we support the mental health of young people.