Three Ireland has launched a new online chat show focused on youth mental health.
The initiative has emerged from the brand’s partnership with Jigsaw, the national centre for youth mental health.
The show is titled ‘It’s Good To Talk Show’ and has been informed by the insight that many of the young people who avail of Jigsaw’s services talk about the positive difference that having ‘one good adult’ in their lives can have on their mental health.
The show is hosted by radio presenter, Stephen Byrne, and consists of four episodes shining a light on why it’s good to talk.
It’s aim is to celebrate the positive contribution that we can all make to young people’s lives by being that one good adult.
Byrne will be joined by a different panel of of inspiring figures in each episode, sharing personal stories of who and what helped them.
Each show will focus on a specific theme and provide real world, serious and often hard-hitting stories and tips from a variety of guests.
The debut episode, launched today, focuses on school and features martial arts expert and coach John Kavanagh, illustrator and comedian Aoife Dooley and fashion, lifestyle and travel blogger Louise Cooney.
Each of the guests candidly recall stories from their school days and discuss dealing with various challenges at different times in their lives.
Trading stories on the sofa, martial arts trainer John Kavanagh, known for his developing the career of Conor McGregor, talks about the anxiety he felt around conflict when he was younger.
Aoife Dooley recalls pretending to faint to get out of class, while Louise Cooney discusses the importance of listening and the difference it made in her life.
The first episode is now available to watch on Three Ireland’s social channels and can be viewed below.
Commenting on why this initiative will make a difference to youth mental health, Mike Mansfield from Jigsaw commented, “Bringing content like this to the masses is hugely important in achieving Jigsaw’s ambitions for Ireland’s young people.”
“For us, it’s less around simply raising awareness for youth mental health and more around delving deeper into conversation around human connections, the power of conversation and the value of One Good Adult in all our lives”.
Launching the initiative, Elaine Carey, Three Ireland Chief Commercial Officer said: “Three has been working with Jigsaw since 2018 and today, we are delighted to announce Ireland’s first online chat show solely focused on youth mental health.”
“We specifically developed this show to provide an engaging support to young people and adults to highlight that issues of mental health can affect us all and that the first step to a solution is talking.”
“By sharing the stories and connections that have helped high profile figures, we hope to break the stigma that can hold young people back from talking about mental health issues.”