Supporting your young person to live in Ireland

Arriving in Ireland as a migrant is stressful and at times can be a painful experience.

The decision to move may have been difficult and sometimes has to be made very quickly.

As a parent, you want to be able to look after your young person’s physical and mental health to the best of your ability. You also need to be able to look after your own mental health to be able to provide support to others.

In this article, we will touch on the different issues that might come up for your young person and how can you support them.

Some of the areas that will likely come up are:

  • Leaving family behind
  • Education issues
  • Social issues
  • Physical health issues
  • Emotional issues
  • Effects of war and conflict on young people’s mental health.

Jigsaw has been awarded the European Citizen’s Prize 2022

The award specifically recognises the Jigsaw team’s agile response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a short space of time, we were able to continue to offer direct support to young people through a range of online services.

This prize is a reflection of the genuine commitment of all our staff. Their tireless work during the pandemic and beyond continues to support Ireland’s young people, and the communities where they live, work, learn and play. We want to thank each and every one of you.

Dr. Joseph Duffy, CEO said:

My Pride story

This is a personal story written for us by one of our young volunteers.

My name is Savannah. I am a Youth Advocate with Jigsaw Dublin City North.

Pride means that I am able to live my life with dignity, integrity, courage, joy, love and in community with others without fear of being ridiculed, shamed or discriminated against.

I feel so passionately about the importance of Pride, not only for myself, my fellow LGBTQIA+ community, but people all over Ireland.

Pride should be a celebrated and encouraged event nationwide and this is why I am so excited to be walking in Pride on the 25 June 2022 for the first time ever with Jigsaw.

Take pride in your mental health

This year, in advance of Dublin Pride 2022, Jigsaw Dublin City, together with North Fingal and Dublin South West, organised a creative day for its Youth Advocates to design placards ahead of the Parade on Saturday, 25 June.

The parade itself hasn’t happened since 2019 due to the pandemic so this year’s event will bring so much excitement and pride to the streets of Dublin.


Coping with summertime challenges

Many of us look forward to the long summer break from school or college. But without routine and structure, many of us can struggle with so much free time and feel a bit lost.

Everyone’s situation is different. You may not get to see your friends as much during the summer. Or have the same access to money as your friends.

Depending on your situation you might not be able to get around as much as you’d like. Extra responsibilities such as looking after siblings or working might take up a lot of your time.

Sometimes it can feel like everyone else is having a fantastic time.