Northern Ireland

1 in 5 adults in Northern Ireland have a mental health condition at any one time, meaning that the country has a 25% higher overall prevalence of mental illness than England.

In children and young people, the rates of mental ill health are broadly in line with other countries – 1 in 8 children and young people in Northern Ireland had a mental health disorder when surveyed in 2020.

Schools in Northern Ireland have a significant role to play in supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing.

Use this section of the website to find out more about the challenges facing schools in Northern Ireland, the support available and how you can make a difference in your school.


Understanding the mental health landscape in Northern Ireland

Poor mental health is a very significant issue in Northern Ireland.

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Mental health on the curriculum in Northern Ireland

The wellbeing of children and young people is a theme that runs throughout the curriculum in Northern Ireland.

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Mental health services for schools in Northern Ireland

Understanding and mapping your local service landscape is an important factor in planning and improving children and young people’s access to support.

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Showcase your provision for ETI

The Inspection and Self-Evaluation Framework (ISEF) requires ETI inspectors to routinely assess and report on pupils’ mental health and wellbeing.

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Parent/carer engagement

If schools want to develop a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing, engaging widely with all members of the school community is essential and should be a key part of a school’s mission and values.

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Pupil voice

A whole-school approach means listening to the voices of everyone in the school community. This includes children and young people as well as parents and carers, and school staff.

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Supporting staff wellbeing

Good staff wellbeing is essential for cultivating a mentally healthy school, for retaining and motivating staff and for promoting pupil wellbeing and attainment.

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