August 2021 - Jigsaw

Problems at school

Everyone has a different experience of school.

Most students go through some ups and downs throughout the year. Experiencing problems at school is not unusual for many young people.

When difficulties get on top of us, it can be like a domino effect. One domino falls over and all the rest seem to pile up. It’s OK to have mixed feelings about school, as everyone has their good days and bad days. Whether you’re having problems with schoolwork, friends, or fitting in, you are not alone.

Some common problems in school and solutions:

Problems at school

Revolution x Jigsaw – who will you cycle for?

Join a youth mental health revolution by taking part in our cycling challenge, Revolution x Jigsaw.

We’re asking you to get on your bike and cycle 100km in September to raise funds for youth mental health services across Ireland. You could also create your own cycling challenge to raise funds for us too.

Wherever you are, whatever age you are, whether you are a cycling pro or just taking off your stabilisers, join the Revolution at revolutionxjigsaw.ie. Help Jigsaw continue to support our young people’s mental health.

Revolution x Jigsaw – who will you cycle for?

Studying at home

Uncertainty around exams and missing out on experiences has left many young people feeling frustrated. Many students can find themselves procrastinating or losing sight of their end goals.

Take comfort in knowing that learning how to self-direct your study is a skill for life.

Below, find a helpful conversation between Evelyn O’Rourke from RTÉ Radio 1 Drive Time’s Study Hub and Jen Trzeciak, eMental Health Manager at Jigsaw, about ways for students to stay motivated to study in a time of uncertainty around exams and school.

Here are some more strategies to help you stay motivated when studying from home:

Studying at home

Supporting wellbeing in schools course

Jigsaw has developed an interactive eLearning course on youth mental health for school staff. 

The course Promoting and supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools is informed by emerging research, national and international policy, and best practice on promotion in schools. It has been developed in collaboration with young people, school leaders, and school staff.

Supporting wellbeing in schools course

Self-care during Covid-19

We talk about self-care a lot. But what does it mean?

We’ve had to learn to try and live alongside Covid in the last while. So let’s remind ourselves that these are unusual and challenging times.

As lockdown restrictions continue to be lifted, it’s important to incorporate self-care into our daily routine.

Linda, Jigsaw clinician runs through some ways we can look out for ourselves.

Self-care during Covid-19

Fitting in at school

It can seem like everyone else has found their group and is fitting in at school. We can end up feeling very lonely and isolated when we don’t feel we fit in. 

If you feel like you don’t fit in, you’re not on your own. According to My World Survey 2, over one in five young people considered friends to be a source of stress. 39% of adolescents reported that they had experienced bullying at some point in their lives.

As we get older, we tend to spend much less time with family and more time with friends. For many young people, fitting in is really important. It seems that everybody wants to be popular. This can lead to social rivalry, competition and bullying, particularly in school.

When you feel like you don’t fit in, it can be an extremely tough experience. There are no easy answers, but some of the following may help.

Fitting in at school