The delivery of eJigsaw, a first-of-its-kind innovative, digital portal to support the mental health needs of young people, has been announced thanks to a three year partnership between Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland and Three.
With young people now living more and more of their lives online, eJigsaw will provide them with the help and support that they may need, through a medium that they are comfortable with.
This demographic (16-24 year olds) rely on their smartphone like no other generation and look to it to enhance their lives with the majority saying that their smartphone helps their relationships with partners (56%), with work (68%), helps them relax (59%) and helps them to switch off (58%), according to Three’s Connected Ireland Report.
In total, Jigsaw has 13 centres nationwide including one on Wandesford Quay in Cork which provides free, non-judgemental and confidential mental health support service for Cork’s young people aged 12 – 25.
The research also showed that this generation see the health benefits their smartphone offers as 65% said that they would like to be able to seek medical consultations online, while 33% said they would use their smartphone to help them become more mindful or improve their mental well-being.
In addition to helping to deliver eJigsaw, Three will provide financial support, fundraising and skills based volunteering from its 1,400 employees to the youth mental health charity throughout the partnership.