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What is Jigsaw?

Our vision is an Ireland where every young person’s mental health is valued and supported.

At Jigsaw we provide a range of free mental health supports for young people. We are funded by the HSE, currently situated in 13 communities across Ireland, and we continue to expand.

We aim to offer support early during difficult periods in the lives of young people

Working with a Jigsaw Clinician

Jigsaw helps young people (aged 12-25) who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health. The reasons that young people choose to come to Jigsaw are many and varied. They include things like low mood, anxiety, relationship or family issues, anger and stress.

Jigsaw clinicians work with the young person to come to a shared understanding about their mental health and what they would like to change.  They look at what is impacting their mental health. They help the young person to develop strategies to cope positively with the challenges they face. Jigsaw clinicians offer up to 8 sessions of individual therapeutic support.

The right support at the right time

At Jigsaw we aim to offer support early during difficult periods in the lives of young people, before issues increase and need longer, more intensive mental health supports. It is never too late to get help for mental health issues. However, getting support early on can often nip problems in the bud before they develop into something less manageable. If a young person you know would like to access a Jigsaw Service, you can find out more here.

Jigsaw also recognises the important role that parents, family members, teachers and other adults play in supporting the mental health of young people. We work with communities, providing information, training and support, so that everyone can feel confident to support young people’s mental health.  As a parent there is a lot you can do to help support a young person’s mental health. You can access our online training courses for parents here.