The Mindfulness Foundation

Mindfulness for Sustainability

Mindfulness in Schools - as important as sport and as politically relevant as health

Global Mindfulness in Education Summit
4 - 8 November 2019

The Global Mindfulness in Education Summit is FREE but you may purchase the recordings to watch on your own time over the next year for the low cost of $69. 

2020 Presidential Candidate - Congressman Tim Ryan

 

In 2013 Tim wrote the book A Mindful Nation, about bringing mindfulness into government and schools.

Prevention Green Paper
Duncan Selbie 
Chief Executive of Public Health England

22 July 2019

 

This week saw the publication of the Prevention Green Paper, offering everyone the next opportunity to shift the focus from cure to prevention. A Green Paper is by definition the beginning of a conversation and is timely with the formation of a new Government. We look forward to working with everyone on the consultation over the next three months and in readiness for the Spending Review.

 

The Link Programme launches today
Friday 12 July 2019

 

A major new national programme to help schools and colleges work with mental health professionals to ensure that children can get the support they need, when they need it launches today.

 

Watch the Link Programme Animation

 

Chris Ruane MP and Jamie Bristow, Director, The Mindfulness Initiative have just returned from the United Nations HQ in New York, where they were invited to speak alongside Daniel Goleman and the Search Inside Yourself Institute's Rich Fernandez on how mindfulness and emotional intelligence can help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Watch a clip of Chris' presentation here.

Mental Health of Children and Young Adults
House of Lords
Thursday 16 May 2019 

 

If there were early intervention with proper diagnosis and treatment, so much misery could be averted and so much money could be saved in the NHS and other services.

 

For example, in Oxfordshire 40% of police time is devoted to mental health issues. The statistics are stark. One in four of us will suffer from a mental health problem during our life. The reasons are complex but we know that many of the difficulties begin in childhood and adolescence. Fifty per cent of the problems are established by the age of 14 and 75% by the age of 24, yet only 25% of children in need of treatment receive it and, of those, only 31% referred to child and adolescent mental health services—CAMHS.

 

The THRIVE Framework for system change, an essential framework for communities who are supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and families.

Put mental and physical first aid on an equal footing

LORD RICHARD LAYARD, speaks on the issues: mindfulness, mentally healthy schools, wellbeing and Action for Happiness!

Link: Exploring What Matters: The Action for Happiness Course

BBC News:  Can mindfulness improve pupils' concentration?

So can mindfulness meditation really help pupils concentrate amid the distractions of 21st Century living? A group of BBC School Reporters from Connaught School for Girls in Leytonstone, east London, decided to investigate for the project's 10th annual News Day.

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:

Please write to your MP and urge them to look at the impressive evidence for mindfulness. Click here to follow these 3 easy steps:

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