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Three launches online talk show aimed at tackling the stigma around youth mental health

John Kavanagh, Aoife Dooley and Louise Cooney reveal their school experiences in the show's debut episode

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Three Ireland, in collaboration with it’s charity partner Jigsaw, has launched Ireland’s first online chat show solely focused on youth mental health.

Hosted by radio presenter Stephen Byrne, the ‘It’s Good To Talk Show’ consists of four episodes – and shines a light on why it’s good to talk, and celebrates the positive contribution that we can all make to young people’s lives by being that one good adult.

For each episode Stephen will be joined by a panel of inspiring figures to demonstrate the positive influence that one good adult can have on a young person’s life and to share 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 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, talks about the anxiety he felt around conflict when he was younger.

Aoife Dooley humorously 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.

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.”