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Youth Mental Health.. Let’s Start the Conversation

What is Mental Health?

Mental health is:

  • about how we feel
  • about how we relate to ourselves and to other people
  • about having a positive mental outlook – not just the absence of mental illness
  • manageable in a similar way to how we manage our physical health.

It’s never too early to start looking after your mental health; good mental health can be nurtured from childhood onwards.

One Good Adult
One Good Adult

Did you know?

75% of all mental health difficulties emerge between the ages of 15 and 25 years.

Young people with One Good Adult in their lives show:

  • Increased self esteem
  • More success in school life
  • Better mental health
  • An increased likelihood to seek help
  • Less risk taking behaviours

Our Partnership

Lidl support Jigsaw. And Jigsaw supports us all by helping us find the ways to really listen to young people about their mental health. Jigsaw are Lidl’s charity partner for the next 3 years. Through this partnership we have made a commitment of €1 million to support their vision of a healthier, better Ireland. And we have also made a commitment to you. Our customers. Through our support of Jigsaw, Jigsaw support us all helping us to find the ways to really listen to young people about their mental health. To be that One Good Adult in the life of a young person

 

One Good Adult

With our One Good Adult campaign we want to shine a light on the role friends, family, teachers, coaches, and colleagues can play when it comes to supporting young people with mental health.

Simply someone who is there, willing to listen without judgement when a young person needs to talk.

So how can I be One Good Adult?

Listen

Listening to young people is a critical part of being One Good Adult; really giving them time and attention to open up. For more information download your Lidl Book of Listening here to support you support a young person close to you.

What should I look out for?

When keeping an eye out for signs a young person may be struggling remember that what is typical for one young person is not the same as for another and that you are looking for signs of changes in their usual behaviour or demeanour. Signs may include:

  • Reduced attention span
  • Anxiety
  • Reduction in academic performance
  • Behaviour problems
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Sadness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure
  • Withdrawal
  • Sudden changes in behaviour mood or appearance

Don’t…

  • Overreact
  • Avoid the issue
  • Dismiss a young person’s concerns
  • Talk just about problems
  • Rush to solve the problem
  • Tell a young person that they’re wrong to feel a certain way
  • Use cliches

Do…

  • Listen
  • Look for windows of oppurtunity
  • Ask direct questions
  • Comment on what you see
  • Be aware of body language
  • Ask how you can be of help
  • Encourage help seeking

Jigsaw

Jigsaw passionately believe that with your help we can bring about an Ireland where every young person’s mental health is valued and supported.

Through our 13 services in communities across Ireland we provide early intervention mental health supports to young people aged 12-25. Our services are designed in consultation with young people to be a welcoming place they can visit for free information and support from trained mental health professionals. If a young person wants support, our service teams are there to listen, without making judgements, and to provide supportive guidance. They also provide information and advice to anyone who is worried about a friend or young person in their life.

We also provide a range of specialist education and training programmes in schools, workplaces and community groups which aim to encourage understanding and increase knowledge about youth mental health and the support our services can offer.

For more information: Visit www.jigsaw.ie – Email info@jigsaw.ie – Call +353 1 472 7010