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Watch: Good days and bad

Ricky is 24 and from Sligo. Following a relationship break up Ricky experienced a dip in his mental health and decided to go to Jigsaw. He still has good days and bad days, but feels he has developed the skills he needs to help him cope. Here Ricky talks about his experience.

When I left, I was able to leave with my head held high and walk out confident, knowing that I had the skills I needed to deal with whatever came up

Ricky, 24

Mental health support 

Everyone will need a bit of help at some point in their life. Mental health support comes in many forms. Self-help books or mental health apps are great tools for looking after our wellbeing. You might prefer to talk to a friend or family member about what is going on. Support can come from a coach or teacher or another trusted adult in our lives. We may also choose to access professional support from a mental health service, either online or face to face.

The type of mental health support we need can vary too. Getting things off our chest and sharing what is going on can often be a good outlet. At other times, advice or guidance and someone to help us problem-solve is what we need. It can be useful to work with someone to learn specific skills and techniques to help us manage challenging situations.

At the right time

Where we turn to for support will depend on what we need at that time.

Jigsaw believes that all young people in Ireland deserve the right support at the right time. We offer support directly to young people, and work with communities to support youth mental health. Read more about Jigsaw and our work.