2018 Media & Research Diary - January-September

A Blueprint When Feeling Blue: How A Mental Health Diagnosis Can Be Empowering
Jen Reviews


As I learned more about mental illness, my view of it changed substantially. By the time I was halfway through college, I realized that my anxiety and mood disorder had a significant impact on my functioning and that mental health existed on a much wider spectrum than I thought. My lived experience with mental illness was one of several factors that influenced me to study human behavior. But what about people who do not have the desire to learn about this topic? Are their impressions as biased, extreme, and inaccurate as the examples I mentioned above?

Time to Act on Global Mental Health - Building Momentum on Mental Health in the SDG Era
UN Summit
26 September 2018


WHO Director-General has said: “The inclusion of noncommunicable diseases under the health goal is a historical turning point. Finally these diseases are getting the attention they deserve. Through their 169 interactive and synergistic targets, the SDGs seek to move the world towards greater fairness that leaves no one behind.”

Mark Bertolini of Aetna on Yoga, Meditation and . . .
New York Times
21 September 2018


As C.E.O., Mr. Bertolini has distinguished himself with a series of unconventional decisions. He began offering yoga and meditation to employees; raised the minimum wage (from $12 an hour to $16) and improved benefits; decided to move Aetna out of its longtime home of Hartford, Conn.; and agreed to sell the company to CVS in a $69 billion deal that is expected to close soon.

Screening is critical to identify behavioural and mental health problems
Contemporary Pediatrics
20 September 2018


The foundation for NP pediatric practices is grounded on the implementation and interpretation of valid and reliable screening tools, with immediate corrective strategies to address and reverse problems often using shared decision-making with parents for young children and directly with school-aged children, adolescents, and their parents.

The launch of Mental Health at Work 
11 September 2018


Whether you work with 10 people, 10,000 people or just yourself, paying attention to mental health in the workplace has never been more important. Mental Health at Work is here to help you find the information and resources you need.

Mental Health at Work is free to use for anyone, without registering or signing up for anything.

Why we should care about children’s mental wellbeing – and how to help

5 September 2018


The Nestlé study of more than 800 parents found that sleeping issues, anxiety and depression were the most common issues affecting emotional and mental wellbeing, with self-esteem issues, bereavement and weight issues and eating disorders the next most common. Risk factors that can trigger mental health and wellbeing issues include poor health, a parent with mental illness, alcohol issues or who spends time in jail, parents who separate or divorce, a death of someone close, acting as carer to a parent and special educational needs – though this list is of course by no means exhaustive.


Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Canadian children and youth
O’Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary


TORONTO, September 4, 2018 – As kids head back to school, a new report released today sounds the alarm about the state of Canada’s children. The study highlights deeply worrisome statistics that require immediate action, including staggeringly high rates of mental health issues, poverty, obesity and mortality.

Calls for action over UK's 'intolerable' child mental health crisis
The Guardian
31 Aug 2018


Children and teenagers are facing an “intolerable” mental health crisis and an urgent cash injection is needed in schools to prevent a lifetime of damage, teachers, doctors and MPs have warned. The intervention comes after a Children’s Society report revealed more than 100,000 children aged 14 in the UK are self-harming, with 22% of girls affected. The revelation was described as “deeply worrying” by the charity.

Telemedicine law is good for kid’s mental health
USA ~ Stephanie Watkins


An idea whose time has come.

Here's why:

-  America's growing mental health crisis is affecting children as well as adults –– and our society's ability to address mental health, or to consider it an integral part of overall health, is underwhelming.

- Finding ways to help kids struggling with mental health issues is part of fostering a safe, healthy, respectful school environment conducive to learning.

- Telemental health counselling is an efficient and effective way to help children struggling with behavioural health issues.

Mentally Healthy Schools website


Schools are in a unique position to shape and influence the mental health and wellbeing of their pupils and to help prepare them for the opportunities and challenges ahead.

To help teachers and school leaders support the mental health of their pupils, this website was launched with the help of several charity partners supporting this Heads Together initiative.


Adolescent Mental Health

18 September 2018


The Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!): Guidance to support country implementation was published by WHO in 2017. It aims to assist governments in responding to the health needs of adolescents in their countries, including mental health. It emphasises the benefits of actively including adolescents in developing national policies, programmes and plans. 

Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!): Guidance to support country implementation


The Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health 2016–2030 emphasises that every adolescent has a right to attain physical and mental well-being and identifies adolescents as central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030.

Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health 2016–2030


WHO’s Mental Health Action Plan 2013–2020 is a commitment by all WHO Member States to take specific actions to promote mental well-being, prevent mental disorders, provide care, enhance recovery, promote human rights and reduce the mortality, morbidity and disability of persons with mental disorders, including adolescents.

Mental Health Action Plan 2013–2020


WHO's Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP), provides evidence-based technical guidance, tools and training packages to expand countries’ health services, particularly in low-resourced contexts. It considers issues related to adolescents throughout, including a specific module on Child and Adolescent Mental and Behavioural Disorders.

Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP)

'Just Breathe': Mallika Chopra's guide to help kids de-stress and learn mindfulness


Chopra, the daughter of wellness guru Deepak Chopra, practised meditation and mindfulness with her family from a young age. Now, the mom of two daughters is bringing the ancient art to a new generation -- including her own kids -- in her book, "Just Breathe: Meditation, Mindfulness and More. "It's a book written for kids, with the goal to empower children directly with the tools to find more calm in their lives, be more focused and generally be happier."

Get Your Free Back-to-School Toolkit for the 2018-2019 School Year!
An offer from Mental Health America


Trauma can happen to anyone, at any age. It’s important to be aware of how trauma can trigger mental health issues in young people, to prevent mental health conditions before they reach a crisis. Half of all mental health conditions start by age 14. By increasing understanding of trauma and recognition of early warning signs of mental health conditions, we can get young people to seek help and support as soon as possible so that they can address issues before a crisis, before Stage 4.


The MHA 2018 Back to School Toolkit will provide young people with information to help them understand the effects of trauma, including the onset of mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and psychosis.


This year’s toolkit includes:

  • Fact sheets on trauma, depression, anxiety, psychosis, and suicide prevention

  • Poster for use in schools and youth centres

  • Social media posts and images

  • Sample article for use in school newsletters

  • A worksheet with grounding techniques

Meditation for kids: the benefits and the methods

Giovanni Dienstmann


Childhood and teenage years are foundational in our development as human beings. It is when our personalities are formed, our view of the world developed, and our ways of relating to others and to ourselves established. The skills and tools we learn in our early years have a huge impact on the rest of our lives—and that is why meditation is such a great gift to give to a child.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents to share meditation with their children—and teachers to incorporate mindfulness training into their lesson plans.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)


Mind-body therapies are popular and are ranked among the top 10 complementary and integrative medicine practices reportedly used by adults and children in the 2007–2012 National Health Interview Survey. A growing body of evidence supports the effectiveness and safety of mind-body therapies in pediatrics.

This clinical report outlines popular mind-body therapies for children and youth and examines the best-available evidence for a variety of mind-body therapies and practices, including biofeedback, clinical hypnosis, guided imagery, meditation, and yoga. The report is intended to help health care professionals guide their patients to nonpharmacologic approaches to improve concentration, help decrease pain, control discomfort, or ease anxiety.

The Government have published their  response to  the Children and Young People's Mental Health Green Paper

Department for Education
Department of Health and Social Care

25 July 2018


This week, the Mindfulness Foundation and our fellow members of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition welcomed the government's response to the Green Paper consultation on 'Transforming children and young people's mental health'. The consultation period lasted 13 weeks from December 2017 to March 2018 and received over 2,700 responses.


The government’s response to the consultation is published here, setting out:

  • what we heard over the course of the consultation

  • our response to respondents’ views

  • next steps for implementing the green paper’s proposals

  • See also the government’s response to an inquiry into the green paper by the Health and Social Care and Education select committees.

Government takes ‘major step’ towards better PSHE for all

PSHE Association
19 July 2018


PSHE Association welcomes new government commitment to mandatory health education in addition to existing commitments to mandatory relationships and sex education.


This makes the majority of PSHE education mandatory for all pupils, in all schools from 2020. The move represents a major step towards addressing concerns about consistency of quality and reduced curriculum time for PSHE, despite its proven benefits. This shouldn’t de-prioritise other aspects of PSHE. Learning about economic wellbeing and preparing for work are vital and inextricably linked to health and relationships.

The launch of the 2018 SDG Global Index and Dashboards

Bertelsmann Stiftung
17 July 2018


The SDG Dashboards provide a visual representation of countries’ performance by SDGs to identify priorities for action. The “traffic light” color scheme (green, yellow, orange and red) illustrates how far a country is from achieving a particular goal.Watch the full event here.

A new online resource - the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Tracker - is the first website that enables people to see progress towards the goals. Compiled by Oxford Martin School researchers.

Oxford Martin Fellow Hannah Ritchie, of Our World in Data and the Oxford Martin Programme on Global Development, said the new site - SDG-Tracker.org - meant citizens could become more actively involved with their global and country-specific progress towards the goals.

Centre for Mental Health to host the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition

Centre for Mental Health
30 June 2018


Centre for Mental Health is delighted to announce that it has been chosen as the new host of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition. The coalition brings together leading organisations from across England, with a growing base of supporters who are passionate about the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. Through the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, these charities speak as one on behalf of children and young people’s mental health.

University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre

Professor Willem Kuyken
June 2018


For the first time since 2004, when MBCT was first recommended by the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, there is an England-wide training programme for MBCT teachers. This represents the realisation of a significant part of the 2015 Mindful Nation UK recommendations around health and is something we hope will be continued and scaled up in coming years.

The Science on Meditation Is Clear

by Richard Davidson, PhD and Arianna Huffington
25 June 2018


Studies have found that meditation can improve focus, lower stress, improve emotional regulation, help us get back to a task at hand after being distracted, and enhance compassion and creativity -- all qualities incredibly important to the workplace. And in 2016, a review co-authored by Christopher Lyddy at Case Western Reserve and Darren Good at Pepperdine looked at 4,000 studies on mindfulness. What the authors found was that mindfulness improved performance levels across a broad range of categories. And they also addressed the question of motivation. “Mindfulness may support goal pursuit through improved attentional and motivational properties.” 

Mindfulness Training in UK Secondary Schools

Mindfulness Journal 
22 June 2018


The first research MYRIAD paper, “Mindfulness Training in UK Secondary Schools: a Multiple Case Study Approach to Identification of Cornerstones of Implementation” led by Dr Stephanie Wilde and Professor Willem Kuyken, explores the journeys towards the implementation of mindfulness training in seven UK secondary schools. The paper identifies common factors that facilitated or hindered implementation in each diverse school setting and the learning from the paper will be used to support the ongoing implementation of mindfulness in the schools participating in the MYRIAD trial.

Our new report “Schools and Mental Health” lays bare the scale and severity of the UK’s Youth Mental health crisis, showing that children in desperate need are being refused help. One young person was told a suicide attempt was ‘not serious enough’ for them to access support.


Schools and Mental Health” published with the education and youth ‘think and action tank’ LKMco warns that despite the government’s increasing focus on mental health it is likely to miss its own targets for improved services due to patchy implementation, a severe lack of funding and a shortage of trained specialists.

The Tech Industry’s War on Kids
Richard Freed


Children’s and teens’ destructive obsession with technology is the predictable consequence of a virtually unrecognized merger between the tech industry and psychology. 
The most “exciting thing” for young children should be spending time with family, playing outside, engaging in creative play, and other vital developmental experiences — not being drawn into the social media vortex on phones or tablets. 

6 June 2018

Mental Health Atlas 


UK doctors said 40 per cent of their patient consultations now concerned mental health problems.


The WHO estimates that every $1 invested in treatment for common problems such as depression and anxiety leads to a return of $4 in better health and ability to work. 

19 May 2018

UCL Millennium Cohort Study Age 14 Survey


At age 14, almost one in four (24%) girls and one in ten (9%) boys reported experiencing high levels of depressive symptoms. These findings show that we need to intervene early in childhood in order to prevent mental health problems from emerging – waiting until problems manifest themselves in the adolescent years is simply too late.”


The research team analysed the results of a survey of 14-year-old boys and girls who all take part in the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) – a study which is run by CLS and which has been following their lives closely since they were born.

May 2018

Mindfulness in the Media - Dec 2017 to May 2018

The Mindfulness Initiative


  • Health

  • Pain, Addiction

  • Pop Culture & Lifestyle​

  • Kids, Education
  • Workplace
  • Sport
  • Society, Politics and Community
  • Criminal Justice
  • Armed Forces
  • Mindfulness Teacher Training
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Digital & Tech

8 May 2018

Australia's first mindfulness curriculum launched


Schools will be now able to access Australia’s first dedicated mindfulness curriculum thanks to a collaboration between leading educators, psychologists and mindfulness experts. Led by the team behind Australian wellbeing and mindfulness meditation app Smiling Mind, the Mindfulness Curriculum has been designed to provide a framework and practical resource for the way teachers embed mindfulness in schools. With up to 20% of Australian students currently disengaged at school, research shows that mindfulness can help young people develop the emotional, behavioural and attention regulation skills that set the crucial foundation for learning and train students to be better equipped for the pressures of adult life.

9 May 2018

Failing a Generation

Education and Health and Social Care Select Committees


The Government’s strategy lacks ambition and will provide no help to the majority of those children who desperately need it. The narrow scope does not take several vulnerable groups into account, and the proposals put significant pressure on the teaching workforce without guaranteeing sufficient resources. There is also little or no attention to prevention or early intervention.

29 April 2018

Scientists identify 44 genetic risk factors for major depression


The discovery of genes that are linked to the crippling condition throws up exciting new possibilities for its successful treatment. Depression runs in families, we know. But it is only very recently, and after considerable controversy and frustration, that we are beginning to know how and why. The major scientific discoveries reported last week by the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium in Nature Genetics are a hard-won breakthrough in our understanding of this very common and potentially disabling disorder.

26 April 2018

Mental health counselling in primary school could offer a six-fold return on investment


This Pro Bono Economics report calculates that for every £1 invested (£4.2m in total), Place2Be’s counselling service has the potential to deliver a societal return of £6.20 (£25.9m in total) by improving long-term outcomes for each child. This return is achieved through higher rates of employment and earnings and by reducing rates of school truancy, exclusion, smoking, depression and crime.

10 April 2018

Teachers are at breaking point. It's time to push wellbeing up the agenda


The number of teachers seeking mental health support has risen by 35% in the past 12 months. Many of them are in crisis.

From April 2017 to March 2018, the number of teachers seeking support increased by 35%, from 2,321 to 3,136. Counsellors at the Education Support Partnership hear daily from those struggling with the demands of ever-greater accountability, a growing testing culture and workload. Julian Stanley, Chief executive, Education Support Partnership

How's Life? 2017 - Measuring Wellbeing

How’s Life? 2017 charts the promises and pitfalls for people’s well-being in 35 OECD countries and 6 partner countries. It presents the latest evidence from 50 indicators, covering both current well-being outcomes and resources for future wellbeing, and including changes since 2005. During this period there have been signs of progress, but gains in some aspects of life have been offset by losses elsewhere. This fourth edition highlights the many faces of inequality, showing that gaps in people’s achievements and opportunities extend right across the different dimensions of well-being. It exposes divisions according to age, gender, and education, and reveals pockets of inequality in all OECD countries. It also brings to light the many wellbeing disadvantages that migrants face in adapting to life abroad. 


1 March 2018

NHS England


This year the #NHS turns 70 and we’re delighted that it’s being celebrated in one of 26 new 10p coins unveiled by @RoyalMintUK. What a great way to mark the birthday! Check your change and post a picture when you find your first one

https://www.nhs70.nhs.uk/nhs-10p-coin-launched-for-70th-birthday/ …
#NHS70 #coinhunt


The Duchess of Cambridge gave a speech at the launch of ' Mentally Healthy Schools' Website designed to help every primary school in England better support their pupil's mental wellbeing. It is a free & easy to use the website for teachers, where they can find reliable & practical resources to help support their pupils' mental health. We will be piloting Mentally Healthy Schools in selected primary schools over 2018, and it will soon become available to all junior schools in England, expanding to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in due course. Visit www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk to find out more.

22 February 2018

Mass Medical School Creates First Division of Mindfulness

University of Massachusetts Medical School


As the bar for research on mindfulness raises dramatically, a big change at the University of Massachusetts unites top-tier minds with increased resources to study meditation’s therapeutic potential. Likening the development to when “a teenager comes of age and leaves the house,” Brewer explained that the decision to establish an entire medical division dedicated to mindfulness is in many ways the natural next step for an area that’s grown exponentially over the past four decades. “This really highlights how far the field has progressed and matured,” he said.

22 February 2018

Educational Institutions: Counselling

Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)


61 percent of schools and colleges already provide access to counselling services, including 84 percent of secondary schools. To support more schools to do so the Government has published a blueprint for school counselling services. This provides practical, evidence-based advice on how to deliver high-quality school-based counselling to all pupils.

FACTS AND FIGURES By 2025 over 50% of internet traffic will be delivered to homes for appliances and devices  -  50% of TV will be bought programmatically by 2020  -  By 2023 the first implantable mobile phone will be available  -  90% smartphone penetration by 2020  -  By 2020 the UK digital ad market will be worth £7.7bn.


10 February 2018

Looking to the future - Improving mental health outcomes for children and young people


As we approach the end of Child Mental Health Week, we reflect on the Government and PHE’s commitment to improve young people’s mental health. Around half of all mental health problems start before the age of 14 and we know that Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services are currently facing an increase in demand. Prevention is therefore key and makes sense from the point of view of children and their families . . .


The 2020 vision and plan for action from The Mindfulness Foundation for children and young people’s mental health

8 February 2018

Government Announces £5 Million For Mental Health First Aid In Schools


It will help teachers spot the early signs of mental illness in young children and follows a similar scheme introduced in high schools last summer. “This training will help put schools on the front foot in identifying and helping children who are struggling.”

2 February 2018
Profesor Willem Kuyken

Enormously proud of the MYRIAD research team. They have recruited 84 schools, 22,000 children and earlier this week randomised the schools to the two arms of our trial of mindfulness and resilience in schools.

1 February 2018

LORD RICHARD LAYARD, speaks on the issues: mindfulness, mentally healthy schools, happiness, wellbeing and resilience.

1 February 2018
NZ Government to lead world in measuring success with wellbeing measures


New Zealand plans to be the first in the world to measure its success against how it does socially, culturally and environmentally.


During her first major public address of the year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her Labour-led Government wanted to go further than the child poverty measures it had announced this week. By the 2019 Budget, it would introduce a tool and framework to include the wellbeing of New Zealanders a measure of our economic success.

23 January 2018

Mentally Healthy Schools’ website for the primary school audience

Coordinated and financed by The Royal Foundation, the content will be provided in four main areas; Teaching Resources, Risks and Protective Factors, Mental Health Needs, and ‘Whole School Approach’ for school leaders.

23 January 2018

More than half of teachers have been diagnosed with mental health issues, study shows


Three-quarters of those surveyed by Leeds Beckett University believe their poor psychological and emotional conditions could have a detrimental effect on pupils’ progress – a situation campaigners have said "cannot go on".