Media and Research 2019

Schools should measure pupils’ wellbeing, says charity
TES By Catherine Lough
28 August 2019


The Children's Society finds a quarter of a million pupils are unhappy with the state of their lives, and says schools should monitor pupils' wellbeing.

Mindfulness and Contemplative approaches in Education 
Current Opinion in Psychology
August 2019


There is a growing and promising quantitative evidence base on mindfulness in schools, which has continued to emerge over the last two years and which consistently suggests small to moderate impacts across a range of outcomes, most strongly and reliably on psycho-social health and well-being, especially mental health problems, with less definitive but promising evidence for small effects on behaviour, cognition, learning, and physical health. 

What's The Difference Between Mental Health And Mental Illness?
6 August 2019


We all have mental health, yet it can often be conflated with mental illness and the two are very different, not least because mental illness – which affects one in four people in their lifetime – can be utterly debilitating. Getting the language right is a crucial step to reducing stigma and supporting each other, says Alison Pay, managing director of Mental Health At Work (MHAW), which runs customised programmes around workplace mental health.

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.


Pupils struggling with mental health are to benefit from more joined up care and support across schools, colleges and specialist NHS services, in a national roll out of the LINK £9.3 million training scheme.

Department for Education 12 July 2019

The NICE 2019 Guidelines on management of mild Depression in children recommends digital CBT 


Digital CBT is a form of CBT delivered using digital technology, such as a computer, tablet or phone. A variety of digital CBT programmes have been used for young people aged 12 to 18 years with mild depression. 

Global stars revealed as UK mindfulness charity's first patrons

28 June 2019


Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn, environmental campaigner and politician  Caroline Lucas MP and pioneering academic Jon Kabat-Zinn are known globally for outstanding work in their respective fields.  Now, they are offering their support to the charity, Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP), which has been working in schools and other youth-related contexts for over 10 years and is widely recognised as the originator and leader in the field of mindfulness in education.

22 June 2019

And so I am afraid that I greet May’s initiative with some cynicism. It is unfair on both teachers and pupils to expect schools to spot mental health problems without the safety net of prompt and effective treatment. It’s a gimmick, diverting attention away from the parlous state of both CAMHS and adult mental-health funding. If the government is to convince me that it really wants to help young people before mental-health problems become entrenched and enduring, it needs to show me the money. Article Link

PM launches new mission to put prevention at the top of the mental health agenda

17 June 2019


Every new teacher will be trained in how to spot the signs of mental health issues, under a new prevention plan unveiled by the Prime Minister today (Monday 17 June). Theresa May will pledge better access to education, training and support across communities as part of an overhaul of society’s approach to mental illness.

Leading the world in developing innovative technologies for patients

Speech by Baroness Blackwood at ABHI UK Market Conference

13 June 2019

Because I know you all share my ambition for the UK to be the world’s leading health tech ecosystem – where we pair our formidable expertise in research and development with an NHS that supports and drives the take-up and spread of the most innovative new products. Full Speech Link

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.


9 May 2019

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced the launch of Shout, a new text messaging helpline that supports people in crisis.

Shout operates 24/7 and connects people in need to trained volunteers who provide help at a time when it is most needed; enabling them to move from a moment of crisis to a calm state and form a plan for next steps to find longer-term support.

A generous gift from The Sir John Ritblat Family Foundation has enabled the creation of a new Professorship in Mindfulness and Psychological Science. The post, which is to be held by the Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, promises to transform our understanding of the link between mind and body, and lead the world into a new era of human health.

Therapy saved a refugee child. Fifty years on, he’s leading a mental health revolution


Psychologist Peter Fonagy tells of his own struggles in early life as the Anna Freud charity that he heads opens a major new centre for traumatised children.

Mindfulness in the News - April 2019
The Mindfulness Initiative


  • Health
  • Pain, Addiction, Depression, Anxiety
  • Pop Culture & Lifestyle
  • Kids, Education
  • Workplace
  • Sport
  • Digital & Tech
  • Science & Research



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.

Mental Health, Schools and Communities

The Anna Freud Centre


The booklet looks at how schools can support children with different mental health concerns by identifying problems and measuring and monitoring pupils' emotional wellbeing.


Supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools (PDF). Also, Anna Freud has published 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.


Pushing the Boundaries in Mental Healthcare with Data Science

Dr. Guillermo Cecchi
IBM Research


Dr. Guillermo Cecchi is with IBM Research looking at the brain through the lens of data science and AI. He started as a physicist with an interest in philosophy and moved into language processing and trying to understand the brain through data. 


This interesting and very unique conversation started with Guillermo sharing his history as a physicist who became interested in psychiatry and philosophy during his graduate collegiate career. After he started exploring the data of language processing in patients, he found his niche. Guillermo and I chatted about how fields can merge in data science when there is “so much to do.”


Meditation for Kids

Andy Puddicombe


Available to all subscribers, kids (and their parents) can enjoy fun, engaging activities that teach them the basics of mindfulness. They’ll practice breathing exercises, visualizations and even try some focus-based meditation. Of course, different exercises work best for different ages so we’ve customized the sessions for three age groups: 5 and under, 6-8 and 9-12.

The Number 1 Meditation App Is Now Free For Teachers And Their Students

25 February 2019


Today, both teachers and students are facing a critical mental health crisis.
By starting meditation at an early age, we hope to cultivate these beneficial skills into adulthood. Introducing: The Calm Schools Initiative We’re giving free Mindfulness training tools to every teacher in the world


Relaxation app Calm raises $88 million, valuing it $1 billion - 6 February 2019

"The past year has been monumental for mental health globally"

26 February 2019
Jemima Gordon-Duff


With the launch of new evidence in the Lancet Commission, and commitments from the UN Secretary-General and business leaders at the World Economic Forum. The Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit hosted by the UK and attended by Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Health, the Honourable Tina Mensah, challenged us to radically rethink mental health - to look after our mental health as we would our physical health . . .

Mental health at school: Meditation and morality, or counselling and clinical care?

19 February 2019


The government is set to confirm the content of its planned compulsory mental health lessons any day now. But many are under the impression such a curriculum is already in place – such has been the publicity generated by the mindfulness movement penetrating classrooms across England and Wales. The Mindfulness in Schools Project alone has seen 400,000 children trained to date, and its founders hope to reach a million pupils within the next five years.

More than 1,200 local students are practicing mindfulness in their schools.

18 February 2019


A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step. For Vankleek Hill music teacher Ian Hepburn, it was while working in elementary and high schools for the past seven years – with large groups and one-on-one with children with difficulties, that the need for mindfulness work in schools really took hold.


We live in an age of anxiety,” says Hepburn, matter-of-factly. For the veteran piano and harp teacher (Hepburn has taught music for more than 40 years) who is a practitioner of mindfulness, it may seem like a small step to introduce mindfulness to schools.

370 Schools Mindfulness Trial
Dept for Education & Dept of Health

4 February 2019


Up to 370 schools to join one of the largest Mindfulness trials in the world to boost the evidence about what works to support mental health and wellbeing


Children will benefit from mindfulness exercises, relaxation techniques and breathing exercises to help them regulate their emotions, alongside pupil sessions with mental health experts. The study will run until 2021 and aims to give schools new, robust evidence about what works best for their students’ mental health and wellbeing.

Education for Wellbeing Programme: consists of two large randomised control trials, which are testing five different interventions to support children’s mental health and wellbeing. The two trials are:
  AWARE: trialling two mental health awareness interventions. 
  INSPIRE: trialling three interventions of mindfulness, relaxation and strategies for safety and wellbeing.

Prince William discusses mental health at Davos 2019


The Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health is underpinned by an understanding that taking a prevention-focused approach to improving the public’s mental health is shown to make a valuable contribution to achieving a fairer and more equitable society. The concordat promotes evidence-based planning and commissioning to increase the impact on reducing health inequalities. The sustainability and cost-effectiveness of this approach will be enhanced by the inclusion of action that impacts on the wider determinants of mental health and wellbeing.


The concordat is intended to provide a focus for cross-sector action to deliver a tangible increase in the adoption of public mental health approaches across:


  • local authorities
  • the NHS
  • public, private and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations
  • educational settings
  • employers

It acknowledges the active role played by people with lived experience of mental health problems, individually and through user-led organisations.


This definition of the concordat has been agreed by the organisations listed at the end of this document. It represents a public mental health informed approach to prevention, as outlined in the NHS Five Year Forward View, and promotes relevant NICE guidance and existing evidence-based interventions and delivery approaches, such as ‘making every contact count’.


Mindfulness in Politics and Public Policy

Current Opinion in Psychology 2019


We’re delighted that an overview of how mindfulness is being applied in politics and public policy has now been published in an academic journal for the first time. Jamie Bristow’s paper in Current Opinion in Psychology summarises the 'story so far' and observes how politicians are starting to consider whether mindfulness practice may have important implications beyond individual benefit - both in society and within the political process itself. In Jamie’s words: "By developing a new kind of familiarity with their own inner lives, a growing number of politicians are finding a new way to approach political discourse and a corresponding enthusiasm for that tackles society’s problems at the level of the human heart and mind.”