Alongside the local team, Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly T.D was at hand to cut the ribbon to mark the long overdue opening of Jigsaw in Wicklow. The Minister said: ‘I would like to congratulate Jigsaw on their remarkable success since opening their service in Bray. Over the last two years, the team have showed brilliant innovation by developing a wide range of online health supports, services and programmes such as Jigsaw Live Chat as well as offering therapeutic sessions in person and online.
It means young people from Arklow are able to use the service in Bray without having to leave their homes. The fact more than 1,000 young people have used the service since it opened shows there is a huge demand for what they do. The Government is committed to supporting mental health services -a record €1.149 billion was provided for mental health in 2022 which has allowed game changing services like Jigsaw have a real impact on their local community.’
Located at Unit 2, Aubrey Court, Parnell Rd in Bray, the Jigsaw service first opened its doors to young people in December 2020, but the pandemic prevented, until now, the official service launch. To date, demand for Jigsaw in Wicklow has been strong with over 1,000 young people having crossed the threshold to date.
Also in attendance at Monday’s launch was Dr. Joseph Duffy, Jigsaw’s CEO. He commented “We are delighted to welcome Minister Donnelly to Jigsaw in Wicklow today. A long-time advocate for Jigsaw, Minister Donnelly’s interest in, and support of, Jigsaw is hugely appreciated. We know all too well that mental health support for our young people, in Wicklow and across the country, is needed now more than ever. To finally and officially open the doors today is fantastic”
“The opening”, commented Nicky Russell, Service Manager for Jigsaw in Wicklow, “represents an opportunity to celebrate the journey of the service so far. We’re really excited for people to see how our Jigsaw service fits into the Wicklow community, and to talk about how the work we do is providing support to our young people. And we know the need is great. Young people from across County Wicklow are reaching out each and every day.”
More information on the services that Jigsaw provide, visit jigsaw.ie