Since partnering in 2018, Lidl has pledged to raise €1 million as well as national awareness for youth mental health. Now, more than ever, their support and guidance is needed for young people, their parents, guardians and educators.
Our objective is to positively contribute to the communities in which we live and operate. Through this partnership, we have worked with Jigsaw on a range of innovative and local campaigns to promote youth mental health.
Lidl supports Jigsaw and Jigsaw supports us all to help us find ways to support youth mental health.
In responding to this Covid19 pandemic, Jigsaw had to rethink how to be there for young people and those around them. As Ireland’s primary youth mental health charity, they have, for over 14 years, worked tirelessly in advancing young people’s mental health and developing supportive communities by providing a range of primary care services and supports. From the start of this public emergency, they were adamant this would not change.
On March 12th, Jigsaw announced the temporary suspension of their 12 face-to-face services across the country; they had to pause the ongoing roll out of their post-primary schools Initiative-One Good SchoolTM and they also postponed all their community work. But Jigsaws commitment to being ‘open for business’ remained.
They have had rethink how they operated their supports and services for young people (12-25), their parents and educators. They did this by developing a suite of digital services and responses on www.JigsawOnline.ie. And they have added real value. In the past three months Jigsaw have seen:
What is clear is that Jigsaw will emerge from the crisis a different organisation; one with a broader focus offering a more blended and holistic suite of services and supports with multiple entry points for young people, their parents, family members, friends, teachers, coaches and colleagues.
This blended approach, one that offers choice and flexibility, is the best way to meet the ever changing needs of young people. In maximising these diverse channels and offerings Jigsaw can now provide a more personalised and bespoke support to young people, their families and communities, including, face-to-face support, phone support (1800 JIGSAW), video call support, email support, group chats, online supportive content, webinars, plus, much much more.
Jigsaw work in communities, particularly the roll out of their One Good SchoolTM program, will be continuing as soon as circumstances allow.
The Covid19 pandemic has impacted and affected all our lives. The uncertainty and isolation caused by this crisis is leaving many young people without the core things they need and value for their mental wellbeing. A hug, chats, walks in the park. A friend.
While this crisis is impacting young people in so many ways, it also creates many new challenges for parents, family members, friends, teachers, coaches and colleagues. The loss of usual routines, trying to support young people through the crisis, juggling many roles and spending long periods of time cooped up with the family. All of this, combined with understandable worry regarding the crisis means it is vital for adults to look after their own mental health.
Jigsaw, registered charity in Ireland. Registered charity number 20064846. Charity revenue number CHY 17439.