Zippy' Friends in Ireland
• Schools and kindergartens this year 154
• Children this year 7,500
• Total children since launch 37,180
The Health Service Executive (HSE) in the Republic of Ireland piloted Zippy's Friends in schools in the west of Ireland in 2008-10. The HSE is responsible for running the country's health and personal social services, and Zippy's Friends was introduced as part of its programme for mental health promotion.
The pilot programme ran in three areas in the north west of the country: Donegal, Sligo/Leitrim and Galway. An extensive evaluation of the programme, involving both experimental and control groups, took place under the direction of Dr Margaret Barry at NUI Galway, and the results (published in 2010) were extremely positive. Many more teachers and almost 30 health promotion officers have now been trained to roll out the programme across the country.
If you would like to find out how to run Zippy's Friends in your school in Ireland, please contact the Irish coordinator below.
Our partner in Ireland - HSE
Coordinator: Joan Ita Murphy
Telephone: +353 (0) 56 7734860