Jigsaw - the National Centre for Youth Mental Health exists to change how Ireland thinks about and responds to young people’s mental health, through Research, Engagement and Services.
We know that young people are experiencing high levels of distress and don't know where to turn for help. 75% of adult mental health difficulties arise before the age of 25. Yet, mental health services are often difficult to access or simply don’t work for young people.
Jigsaw was set up to respond to this urgent need.
Through our Research we deepen our understanding of young people’s journeys and rigorously evaluate the benefits they get from our services.
Through Engagement we work closely with young people and their communities, including them at every stage of design, planning and recruitment. We support them to speak in their own voice and together we work to influence national policy and public discussion.
Through our Services we provide free confidential, brief mental health supports for young people aged 12-25. We build knowledge, awareness and capacity within the local community through workshops and training. Evidence-based, established within local communities, designed in partnership with young people, and staffed by trained mental health professionals, our services ensure that our young people get the right help through joined-up work with other services.
Since we opened our doors, we have supported over 15,300 young people in ten communities around Ireland. We believe every community deserves a Jigsaw. We are currently developing three new services in Dublin city, Cork city and Limerick.
Thanks to your support we can continue to be here for even more young people that need somewhere to turn to and someone to talk to.