Launched in 2019, Jigsaw and UCD’s My World Survey 2 asked young people if there was a special adult in their lives that they could turn to when they were in need.
76% of young people had at least one adult they could talk to when they needed support, and this was linked to better overall mental health.
What difference does One Good Adult make?
Young people who reported having a one good adult tended to have:
- Increased self esteem
- More success in school life
- Better mental health
- More likely to seek help
- Less risk taking behaviours.
Not having One Good Adult was linked to higher levels of distress, anti-social behaviour and increased risk for suicidal behaviour. One Good Adults are crucial to helping young people to do well and to flourish