Our Story

We care passionately about children's mental health and wellbeing.

Our mission is to empower parents, carers and educators to support children to develop emotional resilience with our award winning online DESTY Island Emotional Resilience Programme.  

Over 300 DESTY Mentors Trained
Supporting over 500 Children in over 250 Schools and Homes
Partnering with 10 UK Local Authorities
Changing Children's Lives

Meet Our Founder

Stephanie O'Malley

Stephanie O'Malley

Educational Psychologist & Founder

Educational Psychologist & DESTY Founder Stephanie O'Malley has worked for over 18 years supporting children, families and educators. During that time she's seen more and more children struggling with social, emotional and mental health challenges. For the past 5 years Stephanie has focused on understanding the impact of trauma and attachment on brain development and how we can support children to develop resilience in the face of the challenges they meet. Tackling this issue in a practical, accessible way has been the inspiration for the creation of DESTY Island

DESTY in the News


Stephanie meets with the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle at an event hosted by the British Embassy..Children's mental health is of special interest to both the Duke and Duchess and Education DESTY was honoured to be chosen as an example of best practice and social impact.


Education DESTY wins a Social Entreprenuers Ireland Award in recognition of our programme's social impact. Stephanie pictured with Donal Murphy, CEO of DCC plc, flagship sponsors of the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards with Tammy Darcy of the Shona Project and Darren Ryan, CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland


Stephanie pictured with President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina at an event honouring women entreprenuers at Áras an Uachtaráin.

DESTY UK Partners

"We have started using DESTY within the Virtual School in Knowsley and the feedback in relation to this as an effective child friendly tool and activity has been excellent. The DESTY programme is a well-structured programme that is helping children to identify and explore feelings and make sense of their world, which has often been complex." 

Debbie Williams, Virtual School Head Teacher, Knowsley Virtual School 

Our Awards

Irish SME Business Award for Education DESTY