"Mindfulness in Schools - as important as sport and as
politically relevant as health."
The Mindfulness Foundation 2015 Manifesto requests that these three policies are implemented for children to thrive and reduce the £100 billion annual costs of Mental Health problems . . . Link
Thanks to everyone who has visited our website and helped raise awareness of our mission to bring mindfulness into the world of education, because we know the help it can be for all schoolchildren and many others. Here at the Mindfulness Foundation we get to hear from people every day: teachers, nurses, children and parents, you name it. We learn how they are using these practices to be more present and have better relationships at school, at home, and in their daily lives.
I want to take this occasion to thank everyone and the numerous individual volunteers who supports our campaign. The growth in awareness and discussion at all levels of society has been stunning. Thank you so much ~ Yoga
14 December 2014
CBS 60 Minutes
60 Minutes' Examines The Benefits Of Mindfulness
"This is just the next generation of exercise, we’ve got the physical, you know, exercise components down, and now it’s about working out how can we actually train our minds."
~ Dr. Judson Brewer Psychiatrist and Neuroscientist at the University of Massachusetts.
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'Mindfulness' courses for pupils being considered by government, minister reveals
"I think we are very interested in promoting this and we certainly think that it's an area that merits consideration based on the evidence we've seen to date," explained Mr Laws. He added that education minister Liz Truss has also begun the process of exploring the potential benefits of introducing the practice to schools.
The Mindfulness in Schools Campaign influences decision makers to raise awareness in support of policy-level initiatives with the help of impassioned supporters who are willing to advocate on this important issue. There's no replacement for direct contact between elected officials and voters, decision makers and their constituents or newspaper editors and their readers. The Mindfulness Foundation Tools will put you front and centre so you can speak out on behalf of Mindfulness in Schools. Get Involved Page.
The University of California, Berkeley Greater Good Science Center say it so eloquently "Over the last 20 years, our scientific understanding of human development has skyrocketed—and it's creating a paradigm shift in how we educate our children. Scientists are now suggesting that cognitive development is only 50 percent of the education equation. The other half is social and emotional development. Research reveals that developing students' social and emotional intelligence improves their academic achievement and emotional well-being."
Evidence for the Impact of Mindfulness on Children and Young People includes:
· Mindfulness for young people is easy to carry out, fits into a wide range of contexts, is enjoyed by both students and teachers, and does no harm.
· Well conducted mindfulness interventions can improve the mental, emotional, social and physical health and wellbeing of young people who take part.
Mindfulness can contribute directly to the development of cognitive and performance skills and executive function.
Katherine Weare, Emeritus Professor, Universities of Exeter and Southampton
One of the four major objectives of the WHO Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013–2020 is to: "implement strategies for promotion and prevention in mental health." As highlighted in the UN 2013 World Happiness Report this is the contribution Mindfulness can make. See Paradigm section for full details.
Have a look at our Teachers' page! We highlight resources and don't forget The Guardian Teacher Network that can help you introduce the concept of mindfulness to pupils, to help them be calm, focused and creative.
Please go here to send us links to other resources. Thank you.