"Mindfulness as popular as sport and as politically
relevant as health." ~ Yoga Bowers, 2014
- Mindfulness is one of the oldest forms of psychological practice, developed by the Buddha or even earlier and still used all over the world.
- Schools could also measure the wellbeing of every child when they enter and when they leave the school . . . it would also shift the goals of the school, to give greater weight to the wellbeing of the children.
- This should be high on the political platform of every party. For activists in every country, this is your cause.
Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies
by Lord Richard Layard and Professor David M Clark
GOD, Moses and Wellbeing . . .
At the last minute the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics Report was moved to the Grand Committee Room in the House of Lords, known as the Moses Room. The room contains a large fresco called 'Moses bringing down the Tables of the Law from Mount Sinai'. One of the presenters was a former British senior civil servant and economist, who between 2005 and 2011 (under three Prime Ministers) served as the Cabinet Secretary, Lord Gus O'Donnell ‘GOD’ the highest official in the British Civil Service. The Report details are below.
From the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Wellbeing Economic’s report Wellbeing in four policy areas published on 11 September 2014. For more information Click here.
This report is central in shaping the thinking of political parties as they develop their manifestos ahead of the 2015 general election and sets out a vision for the future of better mental health in England.
- Priority to be given to the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people
That the national curriculum should include the requirement to teach children and young people how to look after their mental health and build emotional resilience through approaches such as mindfulness.
This month it’s a particularly important year to talk to your MEPs. It’s our time to get Mindfulness for all School Children on the agenda. They’ll be debating important issues over the next few months, including new targets to replace the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.
Please visit this page for tips and guidance MEP Contact
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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.
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