World Mental Health Day 2021

World Mental Health Day 2021 is this Sunday, 10 October.

The last 18 months have been tough for everyone. Though as restrictions continue to lift, we can do with a reminder to look after our wellbeing from here on. This is especially true as winter closes in.

This year’s theme is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’. The goal is to support and raise awareness for mental health issues around the world.

Autumn 2021 newsletter

We are delighted to share our first ever supporter newsletter. It shows some of the great work you are making possible for our young people.

Dr. Cian Aherne works as the Clinical Manager at our Jigsaw service in Limerick. For our first newsletter, we caught up with him to talk through some issues young people currently experience, and Jigsaw’s role in dealing with them.

You can download the newslettter here.

Mind Your Noggin Day with FM104

FM104’s Mind Your Noggin Day is taking place this Friday, 10 September, in aid of our work.

This year, there is another great line-up of acts and talent to remind the FM104 audience of the important work we do.

Presenters will be joined by Ella Henderson, The Script, The Wanted, Tom Grennan, Bressie and Joel Corry, among others. Social media stars will lend their support too.


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.

24-hour gaming marathon for youth mental health

On Saturday 24 July, Jigsaw, the youth mental health charity, is hosting an exciting 24-hour live stream gaming marathon to raise money to support young people’s mental health.

Raise Your Game will involve lots of gaming fun and challenges, as well as some surprise special guests.

The pandemic has been a particularly tough time for young people. For many, gaming has been a great escape to ease their daily stresses and anxieties. Previous research by Jigsaw has found that almost a quarter of young people use gaming as a way to relieve anxieties.

Mike Edgar, Jigsaw’s Youth Advocate for Kerry tells us how gaming affects his life here.



Amy’s story: Living in a high-risk household

Amy, 22, a Jigsaw volunteer from Limerick shares her experience of the pandemic.

My experience of the Covid-19 pandemic has been somewhat different to that of my peers, as I am living in a high-risk household. A member of my family is currently undergoing chemotherapy which compromises their health immensely. Because of this, myself and the other members of my family are not only responsible for our own health, but for their health too.

The feeling of responsibility for someone else’s health is a difficult feeling to put into words. I did not feel much pressure and frustration during the first lockdown as everyone was in the same boat. I oddly felt safer and more relaxed knowing that everyone was undertaking the necessary precautions.