School Mental Health Programmes

There are a number of mental health promotion programmes which are used in schools in Sligo and Leitrim. These include MindOut in post-primary schools and Zippy’s Friends in primary schools.

Training for teachers on these programmes takes place during the school year. There are currently no training dates planned but information will be posted here when available.

Description of Programmes:


MindOut is a mental health promotion resource pack developed to address the mental health of Irish adolescents in a secondary school setting. MindOut takes a positive approach to the promotion of positive emotional health among young people. The emphasis is on the various ways young people might cope with stressful or difficult life events and challenges. MindOut consists of 12 sessions and is best delivered in the context of a wider SPHE Programme by teachers who have attended the training sessions. MindOut can also be used in other settings including Youthreach.


Zippy’s Friends

Zippy’s Friends is aimed at five to seven year olds of all abilities, teaches young children how to develop skills to cope with problems that may occur in adolescence and adulthood. It teaches them how to cope with everyday difficulties, to identify and talk about their feelings and to explore ways of dealing with them.