Supporting Kids In Primary School (SKIPS) is a program for primary schools. It deals directly and honestly with the issue of mental illness in families. The program gives teachers straightforward information about mental illness and gives them practical strategies for supporting children living with a parent with mental illness.
The program highlights how schools can support those families as part of their school community. SKIPS does this through two teacher workshops for the whole staff. SKIPS also deals directly and honestly with mental illness in families in three classroom sessions with grade 5/6 children. It reduces stigma, gives kids appropriate language to use and lets them meet a consumer of mental health services and ask the person questions about mental illness.