Jigsaw, the National Charity for Youth Mental Health, is delighted to announce the latest event in our Jigsaw Exchange series on Wednesday, September 29th from 9.30-12.30pm.

Supported by the YOULEAD research programme and featuring Prof. Debra Rickwood, Chief Scientific Advisor in headspace Australia, this virtual conference will deep dive into the latest mental health research, developments and discourse from youth mental health services and poses the question:

 “Delivering Mental Health Supports to Young People – What Have we Learned and Where are we Going?”.


This event will focus specifically on key learnings from Jigsaw’s research and evaluation over the last 15 years. We hope to present compelling evidence, challenge assumptions, air the voices of young people, and progress the conversation around youth mental health service delivery, thus facilitating the translation of evidence into policy and practice.


With keynote speakers, lightning sessions, opportunities for discussion, debate and network, this virtual conference will be of interest to Jigsaw staff, board and youth advisory panel members, Jigsaw’s Youth Research Council, academic partners (staff and students), YOULEAD consortium members, sector stakeholders and funders.

Event Agenda




Keynote address, Prof. Debra Rickwood : “What We Have Learned about Delivering Services from 15 Years of Research and Evaluation in headspace”


Breakout Session 1


Networking and Coffee Break


Breakout Session 2


Input from Jigsaw’s Youth Research Council (YRC)


Moderated Panel Discussion (Sadhbh O’Hanrahan, Dr. Gillian O’Brien, Prof. Barbara Dooley, Prof. Debra Rickwood, Dr. Aileen O’Reilly, Dean Murray)


Closing remarks


Prof. Debra Rickwood

Debra Rickwood is Professor of Psychology at the University of Canberra and Chief Scientific Advisor to headspace – Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation. She is internationally recognised as an expert in help-seeking behavior for mental health and personal problems, and is one of the pioneer researchers investigating seeking help via digital compared with in-person services. Over the past 10 years, she has led research and evaluation for all the headspace mental health services (primary care youth mental health centres, online services, early psychosis services), including developing national data collection, analysis and reporting systems. She received the Australian Psychological Society’s Robin Winkler Award for Applied Community Psychology Research in 2016 in recognition of her research that informs ways to improve community wellbeing outcomes for vulnerable and marginalised population groups.

Dr. Aileen O’Reilly

Dr. Aileen O’Reilly is Research & Evaluation Manager at Jigsaw – The National Centre for Youth Mental health where she reports directly to the CEO, and is responsible for the overall management and delivery of the research and evaluation function. She is an adjunct Asst. Prof. in the School of Psychology, University College Dublin (UCD), where she is supervising a number of postgraduate students. Dr. O’Reilly’s work has played a critical role in the development of youth mental health services globally. She has been involved in a number of national and international collaborative research projects, including the second My World Survey, which was published in 2019, and the HRB funded YOULEAD Doctoral Leadership Programme.

Sadhbh O’Hanrahan

Sadhbh is a Youth Advocate for the Research and Evaluation department, and the current chairperson of the Youth Research Council. She is a Psychology graduate who has volunteered with Jigsaw since 2018, first on the National YAP and then in her role as Research and Evaluation Advocate. Sadhbh has a passion for Youth Mental Health, and is beginning a masters in Clinical Psychology in February 2022. In the meantime, she is living in London, making up for the last quiet year!

Dr. Gillian O’Brien

Gillian has been Clinical Director with Jigsaw since 2014. Prior to that she held the position of Direction of Education and Training and Clinical Manager, Jigsaw Ballymun. Gillian is responsible for clinical governance across Jigsaw’s growing network of services nationwide and online. Before joining Jigsaw in 2010, Gillian worked in roles in CAMHS, primary care and early intervention. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology in Trinity College Dublin and her doctorate in clinical psychology in Queen’s University Belfast. Gillian also holds a professional diploma in clinical leadership from the RSCI. Gillian is a member of the Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Council, the CORU Registration Board for Counsellors and Psychotherapists and the Council for the Psychological Society of Ireland Council.

Prof. Barbara Dooley

Barbara Dooley, is Dean of Graduate Studies and Deputy Registrar at University College Dublin. She is a Professor of Psychology, an active researcher and supervisor. She was Director of Research for Headstrong (now Jigsaw) – The National Centre for Youth Mental Health form 2008-2015. Her field of research is on the application of psychological theory and methodology to a range of priority mental health areas such risk and protective factors in youth mental health, body-image research, alcohol and eating disorders. She was the Principal Investigator for My World Survey 1 (2012) and My World Survey 2 (2019) http://www.myworldsurvey.ie/. The My World Surveys are a collaboration between the UCD School of Psychology and Jigsaw, studying risk and protective factors in young people aged 12-25 years old. The combined sample for My World Survey 1 and My World Survey 2 exceeds 34,000. She co-founded the UCD Youth Mental Health Lab with colleagues in 2013. She is a member of the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention Evaluation Advisory Group, Vice-President International Association for Youth Mental Health, steering group member of the European Universities Association – Council for Doctoral Education and member of the Universitas 21 Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies.

Dean Murray

Dean Murray is a Youth Advocate for the Fundraising team in Jigsaw, and a member of Orygen Global’s Youth Advisory Committee. He is a Community and Youth Work graduate from Maynooth who was volunteered with Jigsaw since 2018. Dean has a passion for youth mental health and brings it into all his voluntary work on a local and national level.

Breakout Sessions

There will be four breakout sessions broadcast at two different times, so all participants should register for two sessions: one from the first time slot and then a different session from the second time slot.


Breakout 1: Delivering youth mental health services during the Covid-19 pandemic

Maria Tibbs & Paul Longmore: Jigsaw Live Chats: Insights from Jigsaw’s Online Chat Based Service for Young People

Joe Rossouw, Elizabeth Doyle & Dr Eleanor Carey: A Year in Perspective: The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Engagement with Jigsaw Youth Mental Health Services

Naoise Kavanagh: Online Engagement with Jigsaw.ie during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Shauna Hill: Life in a Pandemic: Insights from Young People on the Delivery of Online Mental Health Services


Breakout 2: Improving mental health literacy through youth mental health promotion

Maeve Dwan O’Reilly: A Qualitative Evidence Synthesis of School Staff Perspectives and Experiences of Adolescent Mental Health

Dr Louise Rooney & Karen Farrell: Piloting a Whole school approach: An Overview of Key Findings from Jigsaw’s One Good School Initiative

Dr James Matthews: The Role of Sports Coaches in Supporting Young People’s Mental Health: Assessing the Feasibility of the “One Good Coach” Workshop

Rebecca Murphy: Engaging with Communities Online to promote Youth Mental Health during Covid-19


Breakout 3: Insights from clinical practice

Emma Hickey: A Suggested Guide On How Clinicians Might Use The Power Threat Meaning Framework Collaboratively with Young People

Dr Gillian O’Brien: A Longitudinal Observational Study of Supervisory Dyads in Jigsaw

Neil Mac Dhonnagain: The Jigsaw Journey: Understanding Experiences of Young People Engaging with Brief Intervention Support

Nicola Glynn: Exploring the Experience of Working Within a Transdisciplinary Team: A study of Allied Health Professionals Working in Jigsaw


Breakout 4: Understanding youth mental health needs

Dr Amanda Fitzgerald: Mental Health Trends Among Adolescents in Ireland: Insights from My World Surveys 1 and 2

Dr Ciara Mahon: Body Image in Gender and Sexual Minority Individuals: Insights from My World Survey 2

Dr Ciara Mahon: Risk and Protective Factors for Third-level Student Mental Health: Findings from My World Survey 2

Caoimhe Keogan: Engaging Young People from Migrant Backgrounds: A Film Project in Jigsaw Kerry


Each session will comprise of a number of 5-minute lightning presentations from speakers, with time for questions at the end.

Welcome to the registration page to attend the Jigsaw Exchange Event on Wednesday, 29th September from 9.30am – 12.30pm

Upon completion of your registration, you will receive an automatic email response from jigsaw2021@advantagegroup.ie confirming your registration and nearer to the event date, we will send you full instructions on how to access the event platform. If you have any questions or require assistance with your registration, please contact us at jigsaw2021@advantagegroup.ie

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