Since our foundation, Jigsaw has focused on prevention and early intervention, aimed at identifying mental health issues before they become more serious, and at assisting young people in developing skills and resilience that will equip them to deal with future challenges.
Our primary service users are young people aged 12-25. We offer free, accessible, conﬁdential and impactful clinical supports to these young people through 13 Jigsaw services across the country. To date we have supported over 28,000 young people.
We believe strongly in helping and empowering adults - parents, teachers, other professionals working with young people, sports coaches and more - to be there for the young people in their lives. To date we have supported and trained over 200,000 adults in various settings.
All of this is built on the professionalism, dedication and commitment of the staff, volunteers and supporters that make up the Jigsaw team, of which the board and I are hugely proud. Our bold ambition is to create an Ireland where every young person’s mental health is valued and supported. And with the energy, generosity of spirit, and passion of all those who make up the Jigsaw team I am conﬁdent that we can succeed.
At the heart of everything we do are the needs and hopes of the thousands of young people who are struggling with their mental health. Their words tell us that what we do is valuable and life-changing.
Jigsaw has helped me to deal better with my anxiety and panic attacks.
They helped me to get access to the right support for my problems, keeping in touch until they knew I was linked in properly with the best service for me.
Jigsaw gave me the tools to help me understand my anxiety and keep it under control. It was such a great outlet for venting and making sense of my feelings and problems. Thank you!.
The board of Jigsaw takes its governance responsibilities very seriously and continually strives for excellence. Indeed, Jigsaw has been an award winner in 2016, and a ﬁnalist in 2018, in the Good Governance Awards for charities. We have also achieved Triple Lock Status from the Charities Institute Ireland. In 2018, Jigsaw began to work towards achieving the externally accredited Trusted Charity Mark. We are strongly committed to delivering best practice in all our activities.
Finally, a personal thank you to our dedicated staff, our generous supporters and the many volunteers who make all this possible. Our board and sub-committee members, advisory groups and youth advisory panels generously give their time and expertise to help guide what we do. It is a privilege to work with so many gifted and committed people.
Dr Patricia O’Hara
A main highlight for me this year has been the Think Tank they organized, providing an opportunity to explore what youth participation means to Jigsaw and plan for the future.
Being from Donegal it can sometimes be difficult to feel connected to the national office down in Dublin. This event though really made me feel like part of something bigger, being able to share my opinions direct to the team and everyone else was eye-opening. I thought I understood youth participation, but the Think Tank made me realise just how integral my voice as a young person is to everything Jigsaw does. It showed the respect and appreciation that Jigsaw has for all our youth volunteers.
I’m incredibly proud to be a part of Jigsaw. It’s made me realise that I want to continue to work as a volunteer in the future. Using my place on the youth advisory panel means I can help to represent the other young people of Donegal and even Ireland as a whole.
As someone who’s used Jigsaw’s service in the past, it’s obvious how much young people have been involved in its development. It’s such a cosy, open place where I knew I wouldn’t be judged. It felt like Jigsaw really understood what it was like to be young. From Emma (our lovely Donegal receptionist) and her warm smile as you open the door, to the calming cup of tea, to the relaxed atmosphere of the session rooms. It’s only through youth participation that this could be achieved.
Jigsaw Youth Advisory Panel
In Jigsaw, we aren’t just a token, we are part of it all. From sitting on interview panels to helping make huge decisions in how Jigsaw worksRachel White, Jigsaw Youth Advisory Panel
We are supporters, professionals, and volunteers who together are committed to improving young people’s mental health. We want to develop supportive communities in which young people are able to talk about their mental health safe in the knowledge that they will be heard and get the support they need.
We work with communities to start conversations, encourage understanding and increase knowledge about youth mental health. We engage with policy makers and politicians to inform their decisions and advocate for better mental health supports for young people.
Our Jigsaw services are a free mental health support for young people aged 12-25 situated in the heart of local communities across Ireland.
They provide a range of supports, including therapeutic work with young people and their parents, as well as a comprehensive programme of education and training designed to increase the mental health literacy of young people, parents, school teachers, health and social care professionals, and volunteers.