Jigsaw Online launched

May 14th 2019

Jigsaw Online launched
Robert Finnegan, CEO of Three, Jigsaw CEO Dr. Joseph Duffy and MSD’s Managing Director Ger Brennan with children from Belvedere College and Loreto at the launch of jigsawonline.ie, Jigsaw’s new online e-mental health platform

Jigsaw launches online resource, jigsawonline.ie, in partnership with Three Ireland and MSD Ireland, as it reveals new figures on service demand during exam period

Today, Tuesday 14th May 2019, Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, revealed that it sees a 35% increase in the number of young people engaging with its services in the run up to the summer exam period. The latest figures were announced as the charity launches a new mental health website, jigsawonline.ie, dedicated to providing free information on all aspects of youth mental health. The website, developed with support from MSD Ireland and Three, is aimed at parents, young people, and teachers and will offer resources and advice on a range of issues affecting young people’s mental health.

The new site will include articles, personal stories, and videos from Jigsaw clinicians as well as young people themselves on a variety of topics such as relationships, bullying, consent, and managing stress and anxiety. In addition, a host of additional features such as IM, live group sessions, lesson plans and onscreen supports will be rolled out as the resource develops in the coming months. Parents and guardians can also avail of an online guide to accessing youth mental health services with details of referral pathways and costs for the various services provided.

“Creating Jigsawonline.ie has long been part of Jigsaw’s wider plans to extend its reach nationwide,” said Jigsaw CEO, Dr Joseph Duffy. “With 13 services across the country, developing an extensive schools programme as well as an online resource allows us to expand this reach even further. Our model of early intervention is about equipping young people and those around them with the knowledge and skills to protect and support their mental health. Trusted online sources such as jigsawonline.ie have a significant role to play in this.” he added.

With nearly half of young people reportedly using the internet to obtain information and support on their mental health and well-being[1], Three Ireland’s CEO Robert Finnegan talks about how it made sense for Three to become Jigsaw’s Digital Technical Partner: “At Three, we know the importance of data in making meaningful connections and, through our charity partnership with Jigsaw, our aim is to connect young people with better mental health. Research shows that young people’s first touch point when seeking information about mental health is online through their mobile. By using our digital capability and our employees’ expertise through our skills volunteering programme, we are delighted to help Jigsaw to extend its reach and services to young people in Ireland with jigsawonline.ie.”  

Ger Brennan, Managing Director, MSD Ireland (Human Health) commented: “We are really proud to be a part of today’s launch and to have partnered with Jigsaw in both 2018 and 2019 via our Neighbour of Choice programme. We ran a recent study which revealed that, despite the fact that over half of us report having looked up medical or health information online in the past 12 months, only 15% of us consider those websites to be trustworthy.[2] Undoubtedly, websites with information and advice from a reputable source, like jigsawonline.ie, are valuable resources that can counter the spread of the misinformation we so often see online. In fact, our own online patient support programmes have shown us both the value of online assistance and its positive impact on the healthcare landscape. We are delighted to collaborate with Jigsaw on this worthwhile venture and look forward to supporting them further in the coming months as the platform grows .”

[1] https://www.jigsaw.ie/content/images/News__Events_/Research/MWS_Full_Report_PDF.pdf

[2] http://www.msd-ireland.com/about-us/58/my-healthcare,-my-future