Media and Research 2019

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

Robyn D. Shulman


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


"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.

Department for Education, Department of Health and Social Care

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.

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.”