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Delivering youth mental health services

Delivering youth mental health services

Delivering youth mental health services

  • Young people often struggle to access mental health services
  • Targeted, youth-specific, early intervention mental health services like Jigsaw can lower the financial and human costs of adult mental health problems
  • Jigsaw appears to be effective for young people who engage with the service
  • Over 80% of young people who use Jigsaw agree that the support they got helped them deal with their problems.

Adolescence and young adulthood is a critical time. It can influence whether young people experience enduring mental health difficulties in adulthood.

We know from the My World Survey that many young people in Ireland experience high levels of psychological distress.

Despite this, access to, and use of, mental health services by young people in Ireland is poor. Many services have long waiting lists. A lack of focus on early intervention or inadequate resources to support young people is also prohibitive.

Currently the division between youth and adult mental health services is at 18 years-old. This can be disruptive for young people receiving care as they move from being a teenager to young adult.

An early intervention mental health service supports young people to prevent develop more serious mental health difficulties later on.

Early intervention

Early intervention (or primary care) youth-specific services are one solution in addressing these problems. and delivering supports more effectively to young people.

An early intervention mental health service supports young people to help prevent them developing more serious mental health difficulties later on. These services deliver evidence-based interventions. This means the supports they provide are based on the best available evidence of what works to support youth mental health.

They sometimes use a method known as integrated youth healthcare. This joins up physical health, mental health and social care services, sometimes in one location, so that a young person receives all-around care in a well-managed way.

Jigsaw's primary care model

Jigsaw is one example of a youth mental health service in the Republic of Ireland that uses a primary care model of care to provide support to young people aged 12 to 25. We provide support to those experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

Anxiety and low mood are the most common issues young people seek support for at Jigsaw. There are some gender differences in the issues that young people who come to Jigsaw seek help for.

Males are more likely to present with anger issues and drug use. While females are more likely to present with anxiety, feelings of sadness/loss, thoughts of hurting self and low self-esteem.

Mental health services typically find that females are more likely to seek help for mental health problems than males. But Jigsaw appears to be equally accessible to males and females.

Satisfaction with Jigsaw

  • 80%

    Young people who attended Jigsaw agree that the support they received helped them deal with their problems.

  • 90%

    Young people who attended Jigsaw would recommend Jigsaw to a friend if they needed help.

  • 97%

    Parents and caregivers report that the young person in their care improved as a result of coming to Jigsaw.

Reduced distress

Young people seeking help from Jigsaw are often experiencing high levels of psychological distress. After engaging with Jigsaw, most young people report clinically significant reductions in psychological distress.

Surveys of young people who have used the service show over 80% agree that the support they received helped them deal with their problems. 90% would recommend Jigsaw to a friend if they needed help.

Parents and caregivers surveyed also show high levels of satisfaction with the service. 97% report that the young person in their care improved as a result of coming to Jigsaw.

This demonstrates a need to offer early intervention supports to young people and the impact of services like Jigsaw. Using services like Jigsaw can help young people navigate through a challenging period of development.

Reports and publications

Illback, R., Bates, T., Hodges, C., Galligan, K., Smith, P., Sanders, D., & Dooley, B.

Jigsaw: Engaging communities in the development and implementation of youth mental health services and supports in the Republic of Ireland. Journal Of Mental Health, 19(5), 422-435.

https://doi.org/10.3109/09638231003728141

Illback, R., & Bates, T. (2011)

Transforming youth mental health services and supports in Ireland. Early Intervention In Psychiatry, 5, 22-27.

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-7893.2010.00236.x

Headstrong Planning and Evaluation Team. (2014)

Summary Report: Findings from Jigsaw Satisfaction Survey. Dublin: Ireland. The National Centre for Youth Mental Health.

O’Keeffe, L., O’Reilly, A., O’Brien, G., Buckley, R., & Illback, R. (2015)

Description and outcome evaluation of Jigsaw: an emergent Irish mental health early intervention programme for young people. Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine, 32(1), 71-77.

https://doi.org/10.1017/ipm.2014.86

O'Reilly, A., Illback, R., Peiper, N., O'Keeffe, L., & Clayton, R. (2015)

Youth engagement with an emerging Irish mental health early intervention programme (Jigsaw): participant characteristics and implications for service delivery. Journal Of Mental Health, 24(5), 283-288.

https://doi.org/10.3109/09638237.2015.1019050

Peiper, N., Illback, R., O'Reilly, A., & Clayton, R. (2015)

Latent class analysis of need descriptors within an Irish youth mental health early intervention program toward a typology of need. Early Intervention In Psychiatry, 11(1), 37-46.

https://doi.org/10.1111/eip.12213

O'Reilly, A., Peiper, N., O'Keeffe, L., Illback, R., & Clayton, R. (2016)

Performance of the CORE-10 and YP-CORE measures in a sample of youth engaging with a community mental health service. International Journal Of Methods In Psychiatric Research, 25(4), 324-332.

https://doi.org/10.1002/mpr.1500

 

Hetrick, S., Bailey, A., Smith, K., Malla, A., Mathias, S., & Singh, S. et al. (2017)

Integrated (one‐stop shop) youth health care: best available evidence and future directions. Medical Journal Of Australia, 207(S10).

https://doi.org/10.5694/mja17.00694

Donnelly, A., O’Reilly, A., Dolphin, L., O’Keeffe, L., & Moore, J. (2019)

Measuring the performance of the Mental Health Continuum-Short Form (MHC-SF) in a primary care youth mental health service. Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine, 36(3), 201-205.

https://doi.org/10.1017/ipm.2018.55

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