Campaign to save mental health service


Concerns about the future of a youth mental health service in Kerry have prompted the setting up of a social media campaign on Twitter in a bid to save the service.

A spokesperson for the Save Jigsaw Kerry group said staff are currently on notice and no commitment has been given that Jigsaw Kerry will be open after September 14th.

Jigsaw is a youth mental health programme which works with young people, communities and local services to change the way Irish people think about mental health.

Jigsaw Kerry has been in existence since 2009 and uses a prevention and early intervention model to promote mental health and wellbeing.

Jigsaw Kerry is supported in its work by the HSE and Headstrong.

A statement from the national centre for youth mental health, Headstrong said “Jigsaw Kerry is now approaching the end of its current three year business plan. Funding for the project is in place up until the end of September 2012. Headstrong, in partnership with the HSE, have commissioned an independent review of the operation of Jigsaw Kerry.”

It said the review examined the future sustainability of Jigsaw Kerry and made recommendations around how best to continue to support young people and their mental health needs in Kerry.