Minister McEntee joins Jigsaw to raise awareness of youth mental health for World Mental Health Day

October 07th 2016

Minister McEntee joins Jigsaw to raise awareness of youth mental health for World Mental Health Day

Helen McEntee, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, will be visiting Jigsaw Services in Dublin 15 and Meath on Monday 10th October, to take part in their activities 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 today’s activities, organised by Jigsaw Dublin 15 and Jigsaw Meath 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.”

100 reasons to talk about youth mental health…

At Jigsaw Dublin 15, the Minister will be showing 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.”

Seeing how Jigsaw works in Meath…

The Minister will also be visiting Jigsaw Meath in her local constituency, where she will meet the team and see how Jigsaw works with young people in Meath to provide a friendly, warm and welcoming environment for them to talk about their mental health.

For Jigsaw Meath it will be the culmination of a busy week of events as part of the Meath Mental Health Festival, a countywide initiative to promote the awareness of positive mental health. Jigsaw Meath will also be holding a public talk, “What is Jigsaw?”, at the Hub on Brews Hill from 1-2pm.

A place for young people to talk and find solutions…

Jigsaw Dublin 15 and Jigsaw Meath are part of Jigsaw, The National Centre for Youth Mental Health, and the services it provides to support the mental health of young people. Jigsaw’s services are a place where young people aged 12-25 can go to talk about their concerns and find solutions that work for them. 

Find out more about Jigsaw and how we support the mental health of young people across Ireland.

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 Jigsaw and how we support the mental health of young people across Ireland.