Read your mind | Advice for young people | JigsawOnline

Read Your Mind project 

We all learn about ourselves and how to get through life in different ways. Talking to a family member, a friend or a health professional can help. Sometimes it can also be useful to find out for ourselves by reading.

Sometimes the best place to find the pick-me-up we are looking for is in a good book

Joseph Duffy, Jigsaw CEO

Bibliotherapy is using books as a form of therapy to help our mental health. It is recognised as a useful support for managing mild to moderate depression, stress, anxiety and other mental health difficulties.

Jigsaw’s Read Your Mind 

The Jigsaw Read Your Mind project offers a catalogue of book suggestions across 14 different topics. These cover things like anger, self-esteem and bullying. You can borrow these books for free at participating libraries. If your local library is not participating in the Read Your Mind project, you can still ask if they have a particular book. If they don’t have it in stock, they may be able to order it in.

Books to support positive mental health

Reading about mental health could be helpful as a starting point when you are looking for help. It can also be useful if you are waiting on an appointment with a health professional.

Whether you are a young person, parent or teacher there may be a book to help support your own mental health. Or you might find it useful to inform yourself about more about mental health to support someone you care about.

You can view the catalogue online or copies are available through Jigsaw in Dublin 15, South West, North Fingal, Offaly, Donegal, Limerick along with secondary schools, and community groups in the local areas.