Covid-19 and youth mental health | Advice for young people, parents and professionals

Coronavirus and youth mental health

The Covid-19 situation is changing daily. As the current situation evolves so must our response.

While our face-to-face services are temporarily suspended, young people’s mental health remains our top priority. Our clinicians are busy working here developing articles, videos, animations and audio which will be published here regularly. These will all reflect the changing environment we’re in, providing information and support for young people, parents and guardians and those working with young people.

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Coping with the impact of Coronavirus

It's important to mind our own health during this time and look out for others.

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Leaving Cert cancelled

Tomás, 18 from Offaly was due to sit his Leaving Cert exams in June. With the exams recently cancelled he gives us his story.

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Now more than ever ...

In the face of this unprecedented crisis, we are needed more than ever.

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Jigsaw's Covid-19 supports

We have increased the frequency of our online features along with introducing new ones as part of our Covid-19 response.

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Listen: Self-care during Covid-19

Linda, Jigsaw clinician, goes through examples of self-care and our young volunteers in Limerick give us their take.

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Substance use and mental health during Covid-19

The use of alcohol and drugs can influence and impact our ability to cope with difficult situations.

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Minding your mental health during Covid-19

We held our first webinar for young people on how to mind your mental health during Covid-19. This is a recording.

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Watch: Social media use during the pandemic

Linda, Jigsaw clinician, talks about social media use during the pandemic.

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Grief and loss in exceptional times

As a result of Covid-19, the usual rituals and coming together when we experience a bereavement are no longer available to us. Here are some things we can do to ease the pain and strangeness a little.

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Managing routines while working from home

How to manage a routine, stop procrastinating and stay motivated. Listen, watch and read.

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Watch: Exercise, mental health and social distancing

Úna, Jigsaw clinician, talks about exercise in the context of social distancing.

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Listen: How parents can support young people during the Coronavirus

Brendan, Jigsaw clinician, talks about how parents can support young people.

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Ask Jigsaw

Anonymously ask any question or query you may have related to your mental health and have it answered by a Jigsaw clinician.

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Live group chats

We are currently hosting daily live group chats facilitated by a Jigsaw clinician. Apply up until three hours before the chat opens.

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Ask Jigsaw: How to cope with Coronavirus health anxiety?

With Coronavirus rampant at the moment I’m feeling worse than ever.

Listen: Feelings of anxiety

Jen, Jigsaw clinician, talks about feelings of anxiety and what we can do about them.

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Watch: Practicing gratitude

Watch Alan, Jigsaw clinician, talk about ways you can practice gratitude throughout your day.

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Ask Jigsaw: Daughter stressed about Coronavirus

How can I help my daughter who is so stressed about the Coronavirus?

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Watch: Webinar for parents

Jen and Vanessa presented a piece about compassion-focused support and took questions live from parents and responded in this webinar. Here is the recording.

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Ask Jigsaw: Fearful about Coronavirus

I’m fearful that somebody my school can be infected.

Listen: Brain Drain exercise

Eimear, Jigsaw clinician, walks us through a 'brain drain' exercise that can help us when we start to overthink.

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Watch: SNACK self-care tool for parents

Sinead, Jigsaw clinician runs through the SNACK tool for parents to look after their own mental health to support others.

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Ask Jigsaw: Scrolling for Coronavirus information

I am finding it really difficult to stop scrolling on my phone.

Watch: Managing cabin fever

Tom, Jigsaw clinician, talks about what we can do to mitigate cabin fever while in lockdown.

Listen: Ace tool for emotions

Ace is a useful tool for grounding or steadying ourselves if we find ourselves caught up in difficult thoughts.

Watch: Triple A for emotions

Sinead, Jigsaw clinician, talks about how you can support your difficult emotions and feelings right now by thinking of “Triple A”.

Listen: Supporting a younger sibling

Alacoque, Jigsaw clinician, talks about how we can support a younger sibling through this time of Covid-19.

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Watch: Navigating family conflict while working from home

Leona, Jigsaw clinician, tells us how to navigate family conflict.

Listen: Using technology to support your mental health

Clinicians from our Dublin City service talk about using technology to support your mental health.

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Webinar: Exam related anxiety for parents

In this webinar recording Jigsaw clinicians gave a presentation on school and exam related anxiety in young people and answered direct questions from parents.

Ask Jigsaw: Friends not social distancing

I met up with my friends today and it was a bit underwhelming. First of all there was 7 of us, but the thing that stressed me out the most was the lack of social distancing.

Patience in times of uncertainty

Unusual circumstances like COVID-19, can cause feelings of impatience and stress to increase. Developing patience can help us during heightened times of uncertainty.