Jigsaw launches urgent fundraising appeal
May 11th 2020
Our emergency appeal asks for help to support young people struggling with their mental health during the pandemic.
Jigsaw has seen a 400% increase in demand for our online services and supports since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis in March. We have also had more than 4,000 teachers across the country sign up to our mental health eLearning programme during the outbreak. With demand continuing to grow, we are asking people to support our emergency appeal by visiting jigsaw.ie/now to donate €10 to help fund our vital supports.
“Isolation is leaving millions of us without the core things we value for our mental wellbeing. A hug, a conversation, a walk in the park. A friend,” said Keith Judge, a Jigsaw Youth Advocate – a team of youth volunteers that support Jigsaw. “Jigsaw makes a big difference every day by helping young people in dark times. And, now, more than ever, they’re doing this by adapting to make sure they are still there for people during the pandemic.”
In response to the crisis, Jigsaw has made significant changes to our supports and services. This includes a broadened offering of:
- telephone support for young people already engaged in our one-to-one service
- regular group chats for young people
- email support
- a free support line service where young people across the country can speak to a Jigsaw clinician – 1800 JIGSAW (544 729)
- webinars for parents and teachers,
- regular support content on a range of Covid-19 related topics
- email updates for all subscribers
“We at Jigsaw are here to help and support young people and their families through these challenging times,” said Matthew Oakes, from Jigsaw. “Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, our team has been working tirelessly to re-imagine the support that we give to those who most need it. But demand for our services continues to grow – and we must be ready to meet it. Which is why today, we are asking people to visit jigsaw.ie/now and donate €10 so that we can be there for our young people, now more than ever.”
To support Jigsaw by making a donation today, visit jigsaw.ie/now