Service: Former Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan
A NEW youth-friendly mental health service is set to open in O’Connell Street in Limerick shortly.
Jigsaw, which offers free and confidential mental health supports for young people aged up to 25, is already recruiting for a handful of positions.
It comes after more than €700,000 was assigned for the service by the previous government for the service, which can provide up to six free counselling sessions for youngsters.
Labour’s former Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has welcomed the announcement, saying the recruitment process is taking place through co-operation between the HSE and the Limerick Youth Service.
“Limerick Youth Service has also received additional resources to help manage and support these young people who find themselves trying to cope personally with these difficult situations,” Ms O’Sullivan confirmed.
“Far too often, we encounter people when they are in crisis, none more so than those who experience mental health pressures and as such the services that will soon be provided by trained staff in Jigsaw will hopefully help those suffering before they reach a crisis point,” she said.
Ms O’Sullivan says the new service is about ensuring youngsters have access to youth-friendly health services.
“It is not just about professionals, but also building capacity in communities to support young people and challenging all of us to become engaged in our young people’s wellbeing,” she said.
Once the centre has been set up, young people experiencing anxiety, anger, stress, social isolation will be able to avail of the counselling sessions, Ms O’Sullivan added.
It is anticipated Jigsaw would be able to provide 1,500 face-to-face sessions with young people each year.
The service is already in place in ten places across Ireland including Kerry, a number in Dublin, Donegal, Offaly and Kerry.