Who we are.

We are Jigsaw. Our vision is an Ireland where every young person’s mental health is valued and supported. Our mission is to advance the mental health of young people in Ireland (aged 12-25) by influencing change, strengthening communities, and delivering services through our evidence informed and early intervention approach.

An Ireland where every young person's
mental health is valued and supported.

Jigsaw - Our Strategy 2018–2020
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Our early intervention youth mental health services are designed to be safe and compassionate spaces in and of the community. They offer quality care to a young person when and where they need it most.

Messages

Our Chief Executive Officer, Dr Joseph Duffy, along with Chairperson Dr Patricia O’Hara, and Chloe Maguire Sedgwick from our Youth Advisory Panel, share their messages on what 2017 meant to them

For Jigsaw, 2017 was a year in which we supported more young people than ever before.

Dr Joseph Duffy, Chief Executive Officer

Structure and Governance

To actively demonstrate openness, transparency and integrity to our beneficiaries and donors Jigsaw operates to the Charities Institute Ireland Triple Lock Standards of transparent reporting, good fundraising, and governance.

In our work at Jigsaw it’s imperative that we ensure we’re doing the right things, and then doing those things right...

Jigsaw - Our Strategy 2018–2020

Objectives and Achievements

Jigsaw’s vision is an Ireland where every young person’s mental health is valued and supported. Our mission is to advance the mental health of young people in Ireland (aged 12-25) by influencing change, strengthening communities, and delivering services through our evidence informed early intervention and prevention approach.

24,000

Jigsaw has supported, since December 2008, both directly and indirectly, 24,000 young people, with 4,387 young people supported in 2017.

23,895

23,895 people across Ireland took part in workshops as part of our education and training programme, including parents and guardians, teachers, GPs, youth leaders and young people. An increase on the 2016 figure of 4,840 people.

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21% of young adults reported that at some point in the last year they had engaged in deliberate self-harm.

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“would recommend Jigsaw to a friend”

Of the young people who attended a service for sessions with a mental health professional 98% reported they were satisfied with the quality of support they received. While 96% said they would be willing to recommend Jigsaw to a friend. The results are the same as in 2016, showing that trust in the quality of support we provide in communities remains consistently high.

The five most common mental health difficulties that young people came to Jigsaw for support with during 2017 are:

39% - Anxiety

31% - Low mood

25% - Stress

17% - Sleep Changes/Issues

15% - Anger

Jigsaw has helped me in ways I didn’t know were possible. I feel like a new stronger person

A quote from a young person who attended Jigsaw for support with their mental health

Our People

We are a team of professionals and volunteers who are passionate about supporting young people with their mental health.

I felt so relaxed and comfortable, felt like I could say anything and not be judged. The change in me is remarkable, all thanks to Jigsaw.

A quote from a young person who attended Jigsaw for support with their mental health

Financial Review

At Jigsaw, it’s vitally important to us to be open and honest about how we are funded and how we use those funds to support young people with their mental health.

€9,400,000

Overall expenditure in 2017 was €9.4m which represents an increase on 2016 expenditure (2016: €7.8m) of 21%. This increase relates mainly to increased costs for the delivery of Jigsaw services and increased expenditure on engagement, related to the free advertising campaign during 2017.

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Jigsaw services delivery continues to be the main focus of Jigsaw’s work and related costs and represents 89% of the total costs in 2017. This is borne out by the increase in the number of staff employed for Jigsaw services with 108 staff employed at the end of 2017 (2016: 85). 2017 was the first full year of operation in newly established Jigsaw services in Dublin City, Cork and Limerick.

€716,145

Fundraising income is increasing, in line with a new fundraising strategy, the employment of a Head of Fundraising and Communications and related investment in fundraising resources. This has been a priority for Jigsaw to grow fundraising to replace income that previously came from philanthropy and funding from reserves to cover the day to day operations of activities related to research, engagement and services. In 2017 fundraising income amounted to €716,145 which is an increase of some 78% (2016: €411,738).

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Total income in 2017 was €9.25m, which represents an increase on 2016 income (2016: €6.8m) of 36%. This increase relates mainly to funding from the HSE for local Jigsaw services, in line with the expansion of the Jigsaw network with three new services, and growth in fundraising income.

€765,902

The value of pro-bono support can vary year on year and impacts on the overall income and expenditure figures for comparing years. In 2017 pro-bono support of €765,902 was achieved, which is an increase of more than €660,000 on 2016 (2016: €101,071).

Jigsaw turned up the brightness in my life when things seemed the dullest

A quote from a young person who attended Jigsaw for support with their mental health

Jigsaw gives young people a voice to talk about their concerns and find solutions that work for them. We provide somewhere to turn to, and someone to talk to.


We strive to improve the mental health outcomes for young people and develop mentally healthy communities that can continue to thrive long after our work with them is done –
We are Jigsaw.