21 October 2011
Fitzgerald Welcomes Announcement of Clondalkin Jigsaw Project
“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.