Dr Tony Bates is the founder of Jigsaw, the National Agency for Youth Mental Health. After a long career in clinical psychology, he co-edited ‘Vision for Change’, the mental health strategic review in 2006. That work motivated him to create an NGO with a mission to provide mental health resources for young people. Jigsaw now has 13 centres across Ireland and has become a critical part of support services for young people in Ireland.
Tony is also credited as one of the people who brought the practice of mindfulness to Ireland following his own experience at the buddhist retreat centre in Plum Village, France with the spiritual leader Thich Nhat Hanh. He is the author of ‘Coming Through Depression, a Mindful Approach to Recovery’.