Basketball Ireland has announced a partnership with Jigsaw, the youth mental health charity.

As part of the partnership, Basketball Ireland will be making a donation to Jigsaw, as well as aiding fundraising for the charity.
A series of initiatives are planned over the coming year as part of the collaboration, to help players, coaches, schools, clubs and international sides.
“Young people need to look after their mental health and the service that Jigsaw provides is invaluable,” said Ireland senior women’s international and partnership ambassador Sorcha Tiernan.
“I am delighted to see a partnership like this, to spread awareness and help those who may be struggling.”
“Mental health is so important in modern society, with young people going through so much at the moment, particularly with the difficulties of Covid-19 and how it has affected everyone’s daily lives,” added Senior Men’s Captain Ciaran Roe who will also be an ambassador for the partnership.

“I want people to know there is help and support out there and that they can reach out.”

Paul Kelleher, the Ireland U18 men’s coach, is the third member of the Ambassador cohort and one who sees the impact that it can make through his work as a guidance counsellor.

“Working with teams at international and club level, along with my job as a guidance counsellor, I see the pressures that young people experience. This association between Basketball Ireland and Jigsaw is a welcome one.”

Jigsaw gives advice and support both online and in-person to young people across Ireland aged 12-25. They have a prevention and early intervention approach and believe in the collective role of communities in supporting youth mental health.

“This is such a wonderful opportunity for us to work together with Basketball Ireland on such a mutually beneficial partnership,” said Jigsaw CEO Joseph Duffy.

“One that engages, excites and involves the entire basketball community from their international squads to the clubs, players, coaches, families and communities in helping us address a critical area for us all, our young people’s mental health”.

“Jigsaw’s work throughout Ireland has impressed us and we want to partner with them effectively,” concluded Basketball Ireland CEO Bernard O’Byrne.
“Physical activity like basketball is great for mental health, but it doesn’t stop there. This Basketball Ireland partnership with Jigsaw will help highlight the resources out there for those in the basketball community and beyond.”
Watch Bernard O’Byrne speak about the campaign and about the ways in which Basketball Ireland has been seeking to manage the changes wrought by Covid-19 in our Sport for Business daily Interview.