Ireland on track to be global leader in youth mental health by 2027

Ireland is on track to be a global leader in youth mental health research and support services by 2027.

New data released by Jigsaw shows the unique early intervention method here is working.

The organisation's data shows that 74% of 17-25 year-olds and 56% of 12-16 year-olds psychological distress improved from pre- to post-intervention.

The most common difficulties experienced by young people using the service include anxiety, low mood, stress, anger and sleep difficulties.

Jigsaw CEO, Dr. Joseph Duffy, said: “The data we are announcing today shows not just how far we have come as a country, but it is also evidence that suggests we are on track to building one of the best youth mental health infrastructures in the world.

“Demand for mental health supports is greater than ever, with services becoming increasingly under-resourced and over-stretched. But, today’s data shows that we have made very significant progress over the past 10 years.

"If we continue to work tirelessly to ensure that no young person suffers in silence, Ireland will be a global leader in the area of youth mental health,” he added.

The early intervention model focuses on providing tangible support and services before young people reach a point of acquiring a formal mental health diagnosis.

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