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05th Apr 2018

The first-of-its-kind digital portal to support the mental health of young people is here

Olivia Hayes

In today’s world, more and more young people are living their lives online.

It’s not necessarily a bad thing – it’s a medium we’re comfortable with. It’s a medium where we know we’ll get answers to certain questions.

Well, Three and Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland, announced a new three year charity partnership that will see the delivery of eJigsaw – a digital portal to support the mental health of young people in the country.

According to Three’s Connected Ireland Report, 16-24-year-olds rely on their smartphone for pretty much everything.

We look to it to enhance their lives with the majority saying that their smartphone helps their relationships with partners (56 percent), with work (68 percent), helps them relax (59 percent) and helps them to switch off (58 percent).

Speaking about the new partnership, Elaine CCO of Three said: “When we set about looking for our new charity partner we surveyed our employees, customers and the general public and asked them what issue mattered most to them and mental health received an overwhelming response.

“Through this partnership we can contribute to this issue and deliver a tangible benefit via the digital portal that will provide young people better connectivity to help and support when they need it through eJigsaw.”

Dr Joseph Duffy said: “It will provide a range of mental health support and information to educate and equip communities in helping young people, and give direct support to young people at the time when they most need it.”