Jigsaw, the youth mental health charity, have launched the Jigsaw Schools Hub. A new resource offering schools across Ireland the latest tools and information to help them support young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Our Jigsaw Schools Hub offers schools across Ireland the latest tools and information to help them support young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
At www.jigsaw.ie/schools you will find a growing range of resources for school staff, created in collaboration with young people, school staff, and parents.
The resources can contribute to supporting the delivery of the mental health and wellbeing curriculum and they have been tailored to support school staff and students during the Covid-19 pandemic.
What you will find…
- An ‘Introduction to youth mental health’ toolkit to help school staff to explore mental health and wellbeing with young people in the classroom. Young people will creatively learn about their mental health and wellbeing, including a focus on what can support and challenge mental health, ways to manage feelings, and how to seek help if and when it is needed.
- Ways to support school staff to look after their own mental health. As school staff support young people, it is important for them to take the time for self-care and to look after their own wellbeing too.
- What school leaders can do to create a whole-school approach that supports staff and students with their mental health and wellbeing. This will support school leaders to consider what a whole-school approach to mental health means, and how it can help schools promote and support mental health and wellbeing.
Why the Jigsaw Schools Hub?
“We know that schools and their staff do hugely important and amazing work in helping to support young people’s mental health and in the Covid-19 pandemic we know that this has become much harder. On top of all this, school staff are facing greater demands. This is why, with the support of Rethink Ireland through the Innovate Together Fund, I am delighted to be launching The Jigsaw Schools Hub, with vital mental health and wellbeing resources to support educators at this uniquely difficult time. We believe it will grow to become an indispensable resource that will contribute in the delivery of wellbeing as part of the school curriculum, and help schools and their staff in the hugely important role we know they play in supporting young people’s mental health.” Joseph Duffy, Jigsaw Chief Executive Officer.
Jigsaw has been working with schools and local communities from the day we were founded in 2006. We know that a young person’s experience at school can shape the course of the rest of their lives.
Our My World Survey research has shown that school teachers are the most frequent informal source of support used by adolescents for their mental health. And we know that there is a demand amongst teachers for quality online resources to help them support the mental health and wellbeing of their students. Yet teachers often feel they don’t have the resources they need.
At the Jigsaw Schools Hub we now have a growing range of up-to-date resources, tools and information to help school staff support young people’s mental health and wellbeing. The Jigsaw Schools Hub is supported by Rethink Ireland through the Innovate Together Fund, a collaboration between Rethink Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development (via the Dormant Accounts Fund).
Find out more at www.jigsaw.ie/schools