New Jigsaw Youth Mental Health Services Announced for Counties Wicklow and Tipperary
April 01st 2019
Announcement sees the Jigsaw network grow to 15 youth mental health services, growing their reach from 62% of Ireland’s youth population aged 12-25 to over 70%.
Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, today announced plans to add to their growing network of youth mental health services, with counties Wicklow and Tipperary earmarked for new services in late 2019 and early 2020 respectively.
Jigsaw’s youth mental health services, currently in 13 communities across Ireland, are staffed by fully-trained professionals across a number of disciplines and provide a range of early intervention mental health services for young people aged 12-25 experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
Alongside the clinical, in-session work with young people, Jigsaw teams locally will work closely with schools, community groups, sports clubs and other local services to increase understanding about youth mental health, and where support is available to young people. Supported by a network of Youth Advisory Panels, Jigsaw’s work in the community adopts a holistic approach aimed at informing, supporting, educating and empowering a wide of our communities, enabling a better understanding of our collective responsibility in supporting young people’s mental health.
Commenting on the announcement, Jigsaw CEO, Dr. Joseph Duffy said, “This expansion highlights our commitment to our vision of an Ireland where every young person’s mental health is valued and supported and reflects our desire to be as accessible, impactful, visible, relevant and inclusive service as possible. Counties Wicklow and Tipperary have long been on our radar and thanks to the collective efforts of members of the local communities, elected representatives and others, we are delighted to officially commence work on establishing Jigsaw Wicklow and Jigsaw Tipperary. This announcement would not be possible without the support of key partner, the HSE. At local and national level, our colleagues in the HSE have offered huge support and we are incredibly grateful for their trust in us to deliver our vital service.”
This announcement follows a recent notice of Jigsaw’s intention to expand its services in a number of other areas, namely increased outreach options in counties Laois and Cork, the launch of a new eMental health platform, and the roll out of a new school’s initiative planned from September 2019.
“Now, the planning begins in earnest” commented Ms. Sarah Cullinan, Jigsaw’s Programme Director. “Over the coming months, we will be reaching out to the local communities, commencing recruitment, liaising with appropriate stakeholders in the mental health area, engaging directly with young people, sourcing premises and more – a very exciting time indeed!”
Notes to the editor:
Jigsaw is the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland and is committed to improving young people’s mental health and to developing supportive communities by providing a range of supports including one-to-one therapy sessions with young people, group work with the adults, workshops in schools, clubs, businesses and more. We do this to bring about an Ireland where every young person’s mental health is valued and supported.
At Jigsaw we strive to kick-start conversations about youth mental health. We engage with policy makers to inform their decisions and advocate for better mental health supports and we conduct rigorous monitoring and evaluation of our work to ensure we are delivering impact.
Jigsaw’s services are free and currently situated in the heart of 13 communities across Ireland and are delivered in line with best practices of clinical, financial and operational governance.
Established in 2006 as Headstrong, Jigsaw have to date supported close to 30,000 people through our services and a further 200,000+ through our work in communities.
For more information about today’s announcement or for more comment, please contact Mike Mansfield, Head of Communications & Fundraising, or call 01 4727 010.