Limerick youth mental health service to benefit from €1m Lidl fundraiser

Fintan Walsh

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Limerick youth mental health charity to benefit from €1m Lidl fundraiser

A YOUTH mental health service based in Limerick city is set to benefit from a major €1m fundraiser, supermarket giant Lidl has announced.

Lidl has signed a three-year charity partnership with Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, which has 13 centres nationwide, including one at Arthur’s Quay. 

Jigsaw provides free confidential, professional support to young people aged 12 to 25. 

Lidl stated this week that it pledges to fundraise €1m for Jigsaw over the next three years with over 4,200 employees aiming to raise funds through a variety of exciting activities.

Alongside these fundraising initiatives, Lidl also aims to raise awareness of youth mental health nationwide and encourages all customers and colleagues to be One Good Adult – a campaign for all adults to support a young person in their lives by being there to listen, support and advise when times are tough. 

Jigsaw Limerick is a free, non-judgemental and confidential mental health support service for young people aged 12 to 25 living, working or studying in Limerick city or county. They provide guidance and support for young people who are going through a difficult or distressing time. They also provide advice and guidance for anyone who is concerned about a young person in their life. Jigsaw Limerick is part of a national network of Jigsaw Services supported by Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health. Jigsaw Services aim to provide tailored community-based help for young people s mental health needs.

Managing Director of Lidl Ireland, JP Scally said that they are “delighted to partner with Jigsaw to help inspire and make a positive difference for youth mental health in Ireland. Up to 60% of young people in Ireland with mental health problems do not seek professional help.

“Our aim through this partnership is to raise the profile of the fantastic work Jigsaw do and in turn reduce this number, by empowering our staff and customers to be One Good Adult in a young person s life. We want to empower all Irish adults to better support the young people in their lives and encourage young people themselves to seek help when and where they need to most.”

CEO Joseph Duffy commented: “In order to drive the change we see as essential in youth mental health, we see this partnership between Lidl and Jigsaw are one that can inform, support, educate and empower a wide section of our communities, enabling a better understanding of our collective responsibility in supporting young people s mental health. This partnership with Lidl enables us to do this with impact and at scale.”

To contact Jigsaw Limerick, call 061 974510 or visit their website at www.jigsaw.ie/jigsaw_limerick/.