Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shine a light on youth mental health

March 04th 2020

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shine a light on youth mental health

This morning Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, paid a visit to one of our services in Temple Bar, Dublin.

As part of their three-day visit to Ireland, The Duke and Duchess heard about Jigsaw's work and plans for improved youth mental health services. 

One Good Adult

“Today was all about shining on light for the need for an increased focus on youth mental health services and supports.” commented Dr Joseph Duffy, Jigsaw’s CEO. “It’s a reminder to us all that we can all be that One Good Adult in a young person’s life. Having exemplary role models such as Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge express this in such a genuine way is really encouraging for all of us at Jigsaw.”

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During their trip to Ireland, the Duke and Duchess plan to hear about local organisations working to support and empower young people like Jigsaw. They were also meeting with those working with Ireland’s conservation initiatives to protect its environment.

Young people's stories 

The Duke and Duchess met with members of the Jigsaw team and board during their visit. Their Royal Highnesses also met with young people who have used our service, volunteers and supporters of Jigsaw. Ella Barton and Lauren Russell from Dublin, and Ricky Jinks from Galway shared their experience of the support they received from Jigsaw.

Their Royal Highnesses also met with those who support Jigsaw’s work in the community. This included school representatives and members of our youth advisory panels.

Alba Mullen, a youth representative on the Jigsaw Board of Trustees said, “I was so struck by the similarities in our community work in Jigsaw and that of Heads Together, the campaign The Duke and Duchess spearhead in the UK. I really hope this is the start of an ongoing conversation. Supporting young people’s mental health in places where they learn, live, work and play is crucial. It’s all about a collective effort.”

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(Julien Behal Photography)