21 October 2011

Fitzgerald Welcomes Announcement of Clondalkin Jigsaw Project

 Local T.D., Minister Frances Fitzgerald, was on hand this week to help Headstrong officially announce news of two new Jigsaw centres for the locality. Both Tallaght and Clondalkin have been chosen as sites for Headstrong’s successful Jigsaw projects, which will serve young people from Palmerstown, Lucan, Clondalkin and Tallaght.

“I was delighted to be asked by Headstrong to join them as they announced two new sites in South Dublin for the expansion of their ‘Jigsaw’ Projects. These centres will help strengthen mental health support for young people in the communities of Lucan, Clondalkin, Tallaght and Palmerstown. I have long been committed to mental health issues and am delighted with this great local news. Headstrong does fantastic work with young people throughout the country and it will be a huge plus for our community to have Headstrong bases in Clondalkin and Tallaght,” said Frances Fitzgerald at the launch.

“Jigsaw’s extension means that Young People will get help earlier and prevent unnecessary potentially very serious problems for them in their day to day lives.”
“There is a huge community commitment to youth mental health in the area and we are all working together to develop and promote better services to support our young people. Collinstown Park College have been doing tremendous work in raising awareness amongst their students of mental health issues and where to seek help. The Healthy Living Centre and local organisations such as Clondalkin Community Action on Suicide have been working on the ground to help combat the stigma associated with mental health in Clondalkin. The Beacon of Light, Aspen Counselling and Pieta House do tremendous work on this issue on the ground in Lucan. A Jigsaw project will be a welcome addition to these local resources which all work together towards the one common goal of helping people dealing with mental health issues,” said Frances Fitzgerald.
“Many people at today’s launch have ploughed enormous work and dedication into this application voluntarily. And it’s heartening to see them here. 75% of mental health difficulties emerge before the age of 24. This is a critical period in their development and if we can identify issues as they emerge then research tells us that early and brief intervention prevents people from experiencing lifetimes of pain and lost opportunities,” continued Fitzgerald.

“Depression and suicide are incredibly serious issues and we need to ensure the correct support structures are in place for people who are struggling to cope. Jigsaw, is a pioneering project which has been that support for hundreds of young people and I am delighted that Headstrong has chosen Clondalkin and Tallaght as locations for Jigsaw projects. A resource like this will be of huge benefit to the community and in particular our younger people,” continued Frances Fitzgerald.

“I look forward to working closely with Headstrong to deliver extra support services for young people through Clondalkin, Lucan and Palmerstown,” concluded Frances Fitzgerald.

There are five Jigsaw centres operating throughout the country. The centres provide young people with a place to drop into and speak about the issues of concern to them. Jigsaw is an initiative of Headstrong.