The Evidence Base for Jigsaw

The evidence base for Jigsaw is built on a number of different sources. You can access more information on Jigsaw Research here.

Somewhere To Turn To, Someone To Talk To

Somewhere To Turn To Someone To Talk To (Bates et al, 2009) documents the experiences of young people in Ireland as they face the challenges of mental health difficulties in youth, and details the story of Jigsaw – The National Centre for Youth Mental Health and the development of Jigsaw, which arose from the growing need to understand and respond to young people and their concerns about mental health and wellbeing. Research findings include statistics on the mental health of young people in Ireland and the voices of young people engaging with the mental health system. The Jigsaw model is outlined and case studies demonstrate how this model can adapt to the unique circumstances of young people and their communities. Jigsaw actively works with young people in their communities to identify needs and resources, enhance services and supports, and develop an integrated network of accessible, best-practice supports for all young people. The enthusiasm and determination of young people in communities where Jigsaw operates is evident throughout the report. Somewhere To Turn To, Somewhere To Talk To outlines the challenges faced by young people and how the involvement of young people in Jigsaw in the development of services and supports, through the expression of their views, and their engagement of communities is motivation to strive to develop better ways to support young people and their future in Ireland with their health in mind.

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Youth Mental Health Economics

Jigsaw developed a series of papers providing the economic justification for Jigsaw, authored by Professors Richard Clayton and Robert Illback. Compelling economic data showing the general burden to Irish society and the specific cost to government of youth mental ill-health are discussed, establishing a strong basis for the programme. A detailed analysis of cost and cost-benefit is also provided.

Below are four papers that examine the various aspects of our work and it’s economic benefit.