Jigsaw Peer Education Programme
The Jigsaw Peer Education programme is a programme where senior students are trained to deliver a 40 minute presentation called ‘It’s Time to Start Talking’ to junior students. The presentation builds awareness of youth mental health, explores what kind of things help and hurt our mental health, and emphasises the importance of seeking help when feeling down, worried or stressed. Four exceptional students from St Finian’s, Clara Kinsella, Kate Murphy, Erika Savage and Dennis Atsagbede were selected to be trained, along with students from Loreto Swords, Portmarnock CS, Malahide CS, Balbriggan CC and St Joseph’s Rush. These students attended the Jigsaw Hub in Ballbriggan and participated in 12 hours of training and then delivered the talk to 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students in St Finian’s.
Taking part in this project involved:
• Learning about the Jigsaw programme
• Finding out more about mental health and help-seeking behaviours
• Learning new skills (e.g., presentation, communication skills)
• Attending four 3 hour training sessions in Sept/Oct
• Working with other students to prepare, practice, and deliver peer education sessions
• Presenting to other students in a school setting
• Participating in an evaluation of the peer education programme
I would like to award Clara, Kate, Erika and Dennis with their Certificates to acknowledge the contribution they have made in promoting positive well-being in young people and for encourage conversations about youth mental health.