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Monday 24 September 2018

Jigsaw 'Read Your Mind'

Jigsaw and libraries help focus on mental health

Aishling Cosgan, Aoife Connolly, Marian Daly and David Creed and Deirdre Boyle at the Jigsaw Presentation in Skerries Community College.
Aishling Cosgan, Aoife Connolly, Marian Daly and David Creed and Deirdre Boyle at the Jigsaw Presentation in Skerries Community College.
Laura Darcy, Hannah Manion and Holly Rock at the Jigsaw Presentation in Skerries Community College.

John Manning

Jigsaw North Fingal and Jigsaw Dublin 15, in collaboration with Fingal Libraries have launched the 'Read Your Mind', book project for Fingal, focusing on young people's mental health.

Self-help books are now recognised as a vital source of support for people experiencing mental health difficulties.

Read Your Mind is a catalogue which brings together an invaluable collection of over 113 books on a range of mental health related topics, that are available for free to young people, their parents, and friends at all libraries across Fingal.

David Kavanagh, the Project Manager of Jigsaw Dublin 15 said; 'We know that one in five young people will experience mental health difficulties before the age of 25.

'Read Your Mind is yet another way through which Jigsaw, in collaboration with Fingal Libraries, are enabling our local community to support young people and their mental health.'

'Jigsaw and Fingal Libraries have already enjoyed working together," explained Senior Executive Librarian, Lilian Whelan.

She added: 'Jigsaw has delivered some very informative presentations and courses to our staff, and we look forward to working together on the Read Your Mind project to support the health and wellbeing of our young borrowers.'

The Read Your Mind catalogue will be available to help people find the right book for them; covering topics including anger, anxiety, autism, bullying, creativity, low mood, mindfulness, parenting and families, social media, and much more.

Copies of the catalogue will be available through Jigsaw Dublin 15 and Jigsaw North Fingal, and also in all Fingal libraries, post primary schools, primary health care providers and youth and community groups in the local area.

To find out more about the project or request a copy of the catalogue, please contact Jigsaw Dublin 15 on 01-890 5810 or at dublin15@jigsaw.ie or Jigsaw North Fingal on 01-960 3020 or at northfingal@jigsaw.ie

Jigsaw is the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland. Our mission is to advance the mental health of young people in Ireland (aged 12-25) by influencing change, strengthening communities and delivering services through evidence-informed early intervention and prevention approach.

Jigsaw Services give young people a place they can visit for free and confidential support from trained mental health professionals. They are a safe and welcoming place, where young people can go for the support they need to develop good mental health. Jigsaw work closely with communities, providing training and workshops that help build confidence and understanding to support young people with their mental health.

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