Ask Jigsaw: Anxiety before sleeping

Hi, I just wanted to know if it was normal to have anxiety before sleeping at night as multiple times during the past few weeks I’ve been feeling anxious going to bed and I’m not quite sure what is causing it.


Hi gracex06,

Feeling anxious before sleeping at night is common and you are not alone experiencing this. Often when we are feeling stressed these feelings can surface at night making it difficult to sleep. This can be frustrating especially if you are unsure where this anxiety is coming from.

Ask Jigsaw: Online learning has been so hard

I get good grades in school but I can’t bring myself to continue schoolwork at home. Online learning has been so hard and unmotivating and I’ve stopped going to most classes, lying about my internet cutting out or my camera not working or my headphones breaking. I don’t want to do it and I want to be as good as I know I can be if I put my mind to it but I just don’t have the motivation to do anything related to school anymore.

Hi there,

Thank you for reaching out today. It might be helpful to know that you are not on your own with this. Many of the young people we speak with are having a similar experience with online learning and schoolwork.

Lidl Ireland’s One Good Club™

Activities commenced this week for Lidl Ireland’s new One Good Club™ mental health awareness programme.

Developed in partnership with Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) and Jigsaw, Lidl’s One Good Club™ is a five step youth mental health awareness programme for local clubs.

Commencement was delayed due to Covid-19, but, it’s now all systems go for the participating clubs picked from over 900 nominations from local communities.

Ask Jigsaw: I have anxiety

I’ve had panic attacks since I was about 11 years old and my mom takes no notice and I have lots of anxiety going about my daily life I’m almost positive I have anxiety but because of how anxious I am I’m afraid to bring it up with my mom.

– Justwondering

Hi Justwondering,

Anxiety is a natural emotion that we all experience from time to time. While it can feel uncomfortable, it’s also useful in alerting us to danger. Although we can’t get rid of anxiety completely, we can learn ways to manage it.

Self-care course for teachers

This 45 minute online course will introduce teachers to the concept of self-care.

It covers the importance of self-care in the life of a teacher, and ways to ensure it is a part of their teaching. You will receive a certificate of completion once you finish the course.

Participants will:

  • Have a greater understanding of what self-care is
  • Have a greater understanding of the importance of self-care in their role as a teacher
  • Explore the challenges to supporting self-care practice
  • Be more aware of their own self-care needs
  • Be able to develop their own self-care plan.

 For those who work or volunteer with young people, this course is for you. Sign up to our eLearning portal.

Sign up now

Maintaining school connection during Covid-19

School connection is the extent to which a young person feels like they belong at school and feels cared for by that community.

It’s built through relationships, and also perceptions about those relationships within the whole-school community.

Role of the teacher

As we know, the role of a teacher is more than about giving information on their subject. Teaching involves creating a connection with and between students. It is often the intangible bits of teaching that mean the most to both students and teachers.

Now, more than ever, teachers are feeling the need to help students ground themselves in a world that can feel unstable and insecure.