Mental Health Promotion in Higher Education Report

In April, young people and professionals came together to highlight what we need to do to achieve better mental health and a sense of belonging for students in third-level education. Today the report on the findings of this event is being launched.



Jigsaw, the youth mental health charity, and HSE Mental Health and Wellbeing, co-hosted a roundtable event which gathered together university staff, national stakeholders and, most importantly, higher education students from across Ireland to talk through what is needed to support the mental health of higher education students.

Jigsaw and UCD School of Psychology’s My World Survey 1 and 2 found that 58% of higher education students were outside the normal range for depression and anxiety. The top three stressors students identified were college, finances and the future.

The discussion was an opportunity to share current good practice across colleges and universities, but also focused on gaps – what needs to be done to help? The discussions highlighted that students must be key partners and are central to any initiatives on student mental health. “As students we know what works best…Our message to you is to take on these findings, whilst being aware that plenty of students are keen to support and advise your projects” says Aisling Dillon, a Jigsaw Youth Advocate and university student, speaking at the launch of the report.

Participants emphasised that the success of student mental health promotion initiatives depends on a whole college approach, with all staff having a role to play alongside significant buy in from senior leadership.

Evidence shows that mental health needs to be addressed both inside and outside the lecture rooms, but for anything to have an impact, more resources are needed. National collaboration is key, and results should be shared across universities.

The Higher Education Authority will consider the recommendations of this report while keeping in mind the work being undertaken across the sector to support student and staff health and wellbeing. The report can be read in full at jigsaw.ie/roundtable

The Grand Tour 2023

Our very own Damian Sheridan will be leading seven other motorcyclists on a 72-hour journey that will cover 15,000km and visit all fourteen local Jigsaw services across the country.

Galway Camogie and Westerwood Global partnership

Galway Camogie has debuted new team jerseys on Saturday, 18 February to announce their partnership with Jigsaw. The Galway Camogie senior team will proudly wear the Jigsaw logo, in donated jersey space from sponsor Westerwood Global, for the duration of the 2023 National Camogie League.

Lidl One Good Club™

Lidl One Good Club™, in association with the LGFA and Jigsaw, is a five-step youth mental health awareness programme for LGFA clubs which aims to raise awareness and improve understanding of mental health while empowering clubs to positively affect their members and communities.

Watch St. Nathys LGFA, Sligo talk about their experience with One Good Club™ within the club and the wider community.

Jigsaw Christmas Update 2022

  • Jigsaw local services will be closed from 12pm on Friday, 23 December and will reopen on Tuesday, 3 January 2023. Please note that some local services reopening dates may vary. You can get in touch with your local Jigsaw here.
  • Live Chat will close on Thursday, 22 December at 7.30pm and will resume as normal on Tuesday, 3 January 2023 (2 – 7.30pm).

Here are some services that can support you in the meantime:

Leinster Rugby announce Jigsaw partnership

We are delighted to announce that Leinster Rugby has named Jigsaw as its latest charity partner for the month of December as part of the Charity Affiliate Programme.

Jigsaw were nominated by the Official Leinster Supporters Club (the OLSC) and will work with the OLSC across the whole season with the OLSC planning a number of fundraising initiatives to help the charity.

In attendance at the launch in Old Belvedere RFC were a number of Leinster Rugby players, as well as representatives from Jigsaw and the OLSC.

Welcoming the news of the partnership Mike Mansfield, Director of Fundraising and Communications with Jigsaw, said

Christmas appeal

Ireland’s young people need somewhere to turn.

This Christmas, you can help instil hope in a young person. You’ll help ensure they have someone to listen to them, support them and understand them when they most need it.

Growing up isn’t easy at the best of times, but young people today are living through times of unprecedented uncertainty. With your gift to Jigsaw, you can help a young person access support without delay.