Media and Research 2019

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.

SHOUT

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
Headspace

 

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

Forbes
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  https://www.calm.com/schools

 

"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.

NEWS
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.”