Where we work in North America

Canada

  • Launched 2004
  • Schools and kindergartens this year - 137
  • Children this year - 9,162
  • Total children since launch - 43,639

One of the original aims of Zippy’s Friends was to reduce rates of suicide by giving children the skills to cope with difficulties in adolescence and adult life, and the Canadian programme is run by the Center for Research and Intervention on Suicide, Ethical Issues and End-of-Life Practices at the University of Quebec at Montreal. CRISE Director Professor Brian Mishara was one of the original evaluators of Zippy’s Friends, and served as a Trustee of Partnership for Children.

Les amis de Zippy is currently running in the province of Quebec, largely in French-speaking schools. It is also running in an Aboriginal community in the north of Quebec province.


Our partner in Canada - CRISE-UQAM
Coordinator: Lorraine Millette
Email: millette.lorraine@uqam.ca
Phone: +1 514987-4832

Trinidad and Tobago

  • Launched 2011
  • Schools and kindergartens this year - 65
  • Children this year - 1,841
  • Total children since launch - 17,304

Zippy’s Friends in Trinidad & Tobago is managed by the School Leadership Center, an association of current and former head teachers who are keen to promote excellence in local schools. Mental health promotion is in its infancy in these islands, and thirty-four teachers and heads attended the first training course, held in October 2011 in Port of Spain.

Zippy’s Friends has been warmly welcomed in Trinidad and is now expanding to primary schools across the island, with a variety of locations and religious affiliations.


Our partner in Trinidad and Tobago - The School Leadership Center of Trinidad and Tobago
Coordinator: Elizabeth Crouch
Email: lizcherylc@hotmail.com

USA

  • Launched 2007
  • Schools and kindergartens this year - 25
  • Children this year - 1,500
  • Total children since launch - 15,688

Zippy’s Friends has been running in the state of New Jersey since 2007. After four years under the management of YCS, a non-profit provider of health and social services for children and families, the programme has been taken on by Montclair State University. A Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health has been set up there, and runs Zippy’s Friends in the state as part of its services supporting infant and early childhood mental health.

Zippy’s Friends was introduced to the USA with support from the Todd Ouida Children’s Foundation, which commemorates and celebrates the life of a young man who died in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.

Our partner in USA - MSU
Coordinator: Dr. Gerry Costa
Email: costag@mail.montclair.edu