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Ask Jigsaw

Has something been bothering you recently? Got a mental health query or concern? 

Ask here and have your queries answered by Jigsaw clinicians. These are trained mental health professionals who have lots of experience supporting young people and their families, with their mental health. 

How does it work? 

  • Submit your query or question anonymously through the fields below
  • A Jigsaw clinician will read through all of the queries that are submitted each week
  • Check ‘Ask Jigsaw Q&A‘ for all published questions and answers . *Please note, we might change or remove some details to ensure anonymity 
  • As the questions are anonymous, we won’t be able to provide responses directly to each individual.

Due to the number of questions, we can’t guarantee that we will be able to answer each one, but we’ll try! 

We hope ‘Ask Jigsaw’ can provide helpful advice and guidance. However, it cannot provide direct therapeutic support, like talking to someone face to face.

If you are looking for an urgent response please visit ‘in crisis‘.

Previous questions

Click on the following links to see some of the past questions that were answered by our Jigsaw clinicians.

I feel like if I talk about my problems right now it’ll stress my parents out, and that maybe I’m just over reacting. What should I do?

I’m feeling especially lonely at this time. More so than other days where I do feel lonely too, but now I’m completely isolated. I don’t know how to cope.

I have a serious mental health problem and I really want to talk to a professional but I don’t want my parents to know, what should I do?

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

Scrolling for Coronavirus information. How do I limit it?

How to cope with Coronavirus health anxiety?

How can you try and get your 14 year old teenager to homework and not make life difficult for everyone else?

I suffer from autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, how can you help me with my anxiety?

My father doesn’t want me to get counselling. He questioned why I’d rather bring up my problems with a stranger rather than him.

I don’t think I want to go back to counselling, as I don’t want to have to deal with emotions or things from my past resurfacing.

I know that I need to talk to someone but I don’t want to worry my parents. 

Will the Coronavirus affect my school?

Is it normal to feel down most of the time?

Do you help teens in the LGBT community?

He was controlling to a certain extent but I can’t help but miss my ex and want him back.

What do I do when no one at school likes me, and when I feel lonely at school and have no one to go to?

How do I know if I am developing an eating disorder?

I want to help my friend but I don’t know what to do.

Why don’t teachers get my problem?

I am anxious about the leaving, I scratched myself what can I do?

Can’t tell anyone, nothing really makes me properly happy anymore.

How do I accept to love myself when I hate everything about me?

Afraid to tell friends I’m bisexual.

I’m hurting so bad, what should I do since I have no one to talk to?

Obsessed with calorie counting, do I need help?

I feel like there is something missing in my life and something wrong with me (health wise). What do I do?

My boyfriend of 5 years broke up with me. I’m spiraling as the days go by.

Sleeping is almost impossible. The thought of sleep scares me when I go to bed at night.

I’m due to see CAMHs (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service). How do I go about it?

I’m scared I’m getting obsessed about food. 

When I’m anxious I can’t bring myself to eat because my stomach becomes severely upset. Any advice?

 I hate living but don’t want to die how can I change this?

How do I stop caring what other people think?

The pain of losing a friend. Is there anything anyone can do to help?

 I suffered a missed miscarraige and  I cant seem to feel happy anymore.

Do you think if I killed myself people would remember me?

Is there a way to stop getting angry and have a better relationship with my family?

What is counselling?

Where could a 25 year old  get advice about finding a job? Fear of failure stops him from giving anything a fair go.

I need advice on how to balance helping my friends, school, social life and my own mental health and prepare myself for 6th year.

My daughter suffers from anxiety, it often stops her from leaving the house. What should we do for this?

My Mam and Dad separated recently and my Dad moved out.

I know my parents love me but I  am beginning to feel like I am just not good enough for them.

Near the end of school last year I fell out with my friends.

I’m moving away to go to college in September. It will be my first time living away from home.

Hate living but don't want to die

I smoke a lot of weed to take away the feeling of life. I hate living but don’t want to die how can I change this?

How do I stop caring about what other people think?

How do I stop caring what other people think if it’s taking over my life and ruining things for me?

Moody and snappy at home

I often become very angry and sad at home, my parents normally give out to me to being moody or snappy but I don’t know why do it. I feel like I am being treated unfairly but when I look back on the situation I don’t know why I got so angry or what the problem was to begin with.

Fear of failure

Do you have any info as to where a 25 year old male could get advice about finding a job? His anxiety and depression means he has never successfully held down a job.

What is counselling?

What is counselling? We hear the term ‘counselling’ used a lot, and in reality it can mean different things to different people.

Would people remember me?

Do you think if i killed myself people would remmeber me because i feel like I’m not the kinda person to be dwelled, School is getting harder and harder and sometimes it feels like i cant breathe with the persure being put on me, Sorry for bothering you with my problems feel free to ignore x