"Mindfulness in Schools - as important as sport and as
politically relevant as health"
4 November 2015
Miserable Children, Workforce Resilience and Why We Need Mindfulness In Schools
James Berry MP
"Now is the time to be innovative, look at what's working and act. It's time to start piloting mindfulness in our schools, and measure its success."
Mindful Nation UK Launched in Parliament, 20th October 2015
"encourage the flourishing and wellbeing of a healthy nation."
"Mindfulness is one of the most promising prevention strategies."
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, one of three ministers at the launch, supported the creation of an education policy that acknowledged the long term importance of wellbeing.
She said: "I want to make it very clear that of course academic achievement is important, but so too is turning out well-balanced young people who are able to fulfil all of their potential. I'm not just on this stage [saying this] as Secretary for Education, but also as a mother and also somebody who has had family experience of mental ill health. It's really a no brainer for me."
The All-Party Group’s recommendations are practical, based on a summary of existing evidence for mindfulness:
In Health, it recommends expanding the opportunity for people who experience recurrent depression to take a course of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), as well as funding the training of competent teachers to deliver those courses.
In Education, it recommends designating schools to pioneer the further development of mindfulness training for teachers and young people.
In the Workplace, it urges government departments to take a lead by training their own staff in mindfulness, and encouraging examples of best practice and quality research.
And in the Criminal Justice System, it invites consideration to be given to offering mindfulness training to offenders with depression.
The Report is available here: www.themindfulnessinitiative.org.uk/mindful-nation-uk
On Friday 25 September 2015 the United Nations marked its 70th anniversary with the largest gathering ever of world leaders Prime ministers, Presidents and the Pope in New York and launched the 2030 Global Goals SDG Agenda. With Global Goals London we are exploring the role of Mindfulness in the SDGs.