Media & Research Diary: 2017
News and Research links for Mindfulness in Education
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17 October 2017
International MP Conference
“Mindfulness is not a universal panacea but it certainly can help in the fight against the epidemic of mental illness in the western world.”
13 October 2017
"The government should make it compulsory for schools to measure wellbeing." Gus O’Donnell
“If there were one thing Justine should be doing, it’s saying to Theresa May that doing this would make a difference,” he said. The “fact that Ofsted aren’t measuring wellbeing” is astonishing, he added. “So what’s it all about, then? We’re too obsessed by GDP and exam results.”
from the Melinda Gates, Washington Post article
“You’re making sure people are safe in the moment,” said Ben Locke, who runs a national college counselling network and directs counselling services at Pennsylvania State University. “But you’re not treating the depression or the panic attacks or the eating disorders.”
10 October 2017
World Mental Health Day
This new digital startup will bring together experts in mental health and technology to find and create new solutions. We want to use the power of technology to reach the millions of people, especially young people, who feel isolated and alone, and help them to find the right place to talk.
Primary prevention, early intervention and mental health provision, The Child & Family Clinical Psychology Review, No 5 (Autumn 2017) free to download
With a Green Paper on children and young people’s mental health being published later this year, which will have a focus on mental health and schools, reviewing what the role of psychological services in schools might be, and how psychologists can be involved in the debate over the design of what services could look like is crucial to inform the shaping of future Government policy in this area.
20 September 2017
Dr. Rohini Vijaygopal – The Mindfulness Foundation
Mental health problems are the single largest cause of disability in the UK. The cost to the economy is £105 billion in a year. This has triggered the putting together of a five year forward view for mental health for transforming the mental health care in England. The main goal of this conference was to make sure that the foundations for the implementation of the 5 year forward view of mental health are in place such that they benefit people of age groups, also catering to their specific needs.
18 September 2017
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge has launched a
campaign to promote mental health in schools
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
The campaign kicks off with an animation co-produced by children and teachers and includes an introduction from HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who is Patron of the charity. The animation is accompanied by free teaching materials designed to help children learn the life-long skills to help them talk about ‘big’ and ‘small’ feelings, and how to listen to their friends when they need to talk. The materials are available here.
12 September 2017
Lou Lou Rose
A recent study by Richard Layard at the London School of Economics suggests that emotional wellbeing in childhood is more important to an adult’s satisfaction levels than academic success or wealth.
It’s Always There by Lou Lou Rose is the first book in a new series that addresses the rise in young children’s anxiety and stress in a practical and helpful way.
Teachers' warning on inadequate mental health provision
Girls feel pressure of online ‘perfection’, poll finds
Stressed out GCSE pupils needs more mental health help
Students should be given compulsory lessons on mental health and wellbeing, urge researchers
7 September 2017
Mindfulness for Educators Using Resources from
The New York Times
We don’t normally run “lesson plans” for teachers and school leaders, but we thought mindfulness for educators was a perfect topic for the start of a new school year.
Below, you’ll find practical strategies compiled by Alison Cohen, a certified mindfulness teacher and secondary school leadership and instructional coach, for bringing mindfulness into your life both inside and outside the classroom to support your own well-being and, in turn, the well-being of the young people in your care. She ends the post with resources for introducing students to mindfulness too.
With AI, our words will be a window into our mental health
In five years, what we say and write will be used as indicators of our mental health and physical wellbeing. Patterns in our speech and writing analyzed by new cognitive systems will provide tell-tale signs of early-stage developmental disorders, mental illness and degenerative neurological diseases that can help doctors and patients better predict, monitor and track these conditions.
25 August 2017
We are currently writing a syllabus that will raise the educational wellbeing bar. Our next step is to produce a syllabus for a GCSE in wellbeing, in which teenagers will be taught half a dozen modules and build a portfolio of personal growth.
The GCSE will have a strong academic underpinning and modules will include positive psychology (the science of happiness), resilience and relationships. It will also place an emphasis on learning a variety of techniques including mindfulness.
22 August 2017
Therapy provided by apps or over email is as good as face-to-face care for treating conditions such as anxiety and phobias, the review found. Children and teenagers actually did better when treated by computer.
Researchers from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane suggested that automated therapy should be used as a standard treatment instead of more expensive professional help. However, campaigners insisted that people should not be denied face-to-face treatment.
21 August 2017
Quartet Health, a behavioural health technology company backed by Google Ventures that has worked with major insurers like Humana and Premera Blue Cross, is embarking on its first large-scale partnership with a provider organization: California’s Sutter Health.
17 August 2017
Contemporary School Psychology
Forty-five third grade students, from six different classrooms at a local elementary school, participated in our 3-year study. We delivered three 30-min classroom lessons on mindfulness using a curriculum that included modified lessons from the Mindful Schools and MindUp curricula as well as material we developed.
17 August 2017
More than 100,000 teenagers a year will be given mental health training to help them cope with the pressure of exam and build up their self-esteem, the Prime Minister announces today.
Theresa May will unveil plans to make a new mental health awareness course part of the National Citizen Service programme for teenagers in a bid to reduce the levels of depression and anxiety. Mental health issues disproportionately affect young people, with over half of mental health problems starting by the age of 14 and 75 per cent by the age of 18. The course will be developed with mental health experts and NCS graduates and be delivered as part of the organisation’s programme to prepare young people for the challenges of adult life and work.
6 August 2017
High Court Judge Sir James Munby
The increasing levels of mental health problems and suicides among young people must raise difficult questions about their emotional and material status in families, schools, communities and society. In the words of Sir James Munby: “Have we a right to call ourselves civilised?”
4 August 2017
Mindstrong is founded by the former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Thomas Insel along with many others who have created a program that can be easily installed on a smartphone in order to diagnose users who are facing emotional problems. The program created by Mindstrong essentially makes use of several personal details such as a person’s biometric data including his/her pulse and activity levels, in order to come to a conclusion regarding their mental situation.
18 July 2017
The definitive book on the science of meditation. Rigorously researched and deeply illuminating, The Science of Meditation is a must-read for anyone interested in the hidden potential of the human mind (Daniel Gilbert, PhD, author of the 'New York bestseller 'Stumbling on Happiness')
6 July 2017
Baroness Tyler of Enfield
The First Reading of a Bill to make provision for state-maintained schools to promote the mental health and well-being of their pupils alongside academic attainment.
27 June 2017
Prime Minister's Office
The government has pledged that every secondary school in the country will be offered Mental Health First Aid training by 2020. The government’s pledge to transform mental health services for young people has taken an important step forward with teachers and staff across the country starting training to identify and respond to early signs of mental health problems among pupils.
21 June 2017
Dr. Rohini Vijaygopal
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has created the Global Access to Healthcare Index. It measures how healthcare systems across 60 countries with a diversity of income levels are working to solve the most pressing healthcare needs of their population. The index looks at access to specific kinds of care to find an answer to the key question: in a country, do people have access to appropriate health services?
21 June 2017
Stephanie Wilde MYRIAD
The 'how' of bringing mindfulness into schools - a blog by Stephanie Wilde, Qualitative Researcher for the MYRIAD project.
Research and experience shows that how mindfulness is implemented in schools is just as important as why it is implemented (e.g. to improve resilience and well-being amongst young people) and what is implemented (the content and delivery of mindfulness programmes in schools).
8 June 2017
Cultivating Mindfulness in Education
Happy Teachers Change the World is the first official, authoritative manual of the Thich Nhat Hanh/Plum Village approach to mindfulness in education. Spanning the whole range of schools and grade levels, from preschool through higher education, these techniques are grounded in the everyday world of schools, colleges, and universities.
11 May 2017
Congressman Tim Ryan
This legislation provides support for teachers by creating a pilot study at the National Institute of Health aimed at reducing teacher stress, increasing teacher health and ultimately boosting student achievement. High levels of stress are adversely affecting teachers’ health. Teachers with high levels of stress are less effective in raising student achievement than their healthier peers. According to a 2014 Gallup survey, 46 percent of teachers experience high daily stress during the school year.
11 May 2017
Lord Layard also wants government to assess how much value schools add to pupils’ happiness Every school should have an on-site therapist, according to one of the country’s leading economists and wellbeing experts. Lord Layard, director of the wellbeing programme at the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance.
9 May 2017
School House Magazine
"Bringing happiness to others leads to a much deeper sense of fulfilment than any A grade" – Sir Anthony Seldon
Good health and wellbeing is essential for successful learning. Here are the schools championing and developing a sustainable approach to improving emotional and spiritual resilience.
13 April 2017
Bringing daily guided mindfulness practices to 15 schools and over 12,000 students in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, Florida, is the goal of The Aetna Foundation and Inner Explorer.
Daily mindfulness practices have already been shown to increase math, science and reading performance by 10-18%, reduce student behavioral issues by nearly 60%, and reduce teacher stress by 43%. The program helps students develop life-long skills of focus, self-control, and resilience while giving teachers more time to engage and inspire students – a combination of benefits that has contributed to an 11-15% increase in students’ grade point average (GPA).
27 March 2017
Secretary of State for Education
Children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing is a priority for this Government and we know that schools, colleges and universities can play an important role in promoting good mental wellbeing at all times during the academic cycle.
We are also undertaking a programme of randomised control trials of promising preventative programmes that support positive mental health, as well as launching a programme of activity on peer support.
15 March 2017
Guernsey's government wants all schools to be using it as an ethos in the future. Schools in the Channel Islands are teaching mindfulness meditation to students, to improve well being and performance.
Mindfulness meditation is clinically proven to help with depression and has been used by the NHS for more than a decade. Studies have also found it helps children to concentrate more, sleep better and reduce bullying and other disruptive behaviour.
12 March 2017
The Department for Education (DfE)
The Department for Education (DfE) is inviting bidders for multimillion-pound contracts to offer mental health training in more than 200 schools.
Typical mindfulness lessons will reportedly encourage children to think of disturbing thoughts as “buses” that will move away, and they will be given questionnaires on bullying and friends.
This Mooc is based on the idea that everyone can benefit from mindfulness — a practice involving focusing on the present — in both their professional and their personal lives. The course comprises a series of training exercises intended to promote awareness, relaxation, wellbeing and improved performance. Since its launch in 2015, it has attracted 190,000 learners. The Mooc ran three times in 2016, with a total of 110,000 enrolments. The next course begins on May 15. Time commitment Six weeks with a workload of three hours a week.
Mindfulness in the Media from the Mindfulness Initiative
Click to see a few of the media pieces covering mindfulness in the last two months from the following categories:
Health & Lifestyle
Criminal Justice System
Politics and Society
Digital and Tech
28 February 2017
Abstract: Research suggests that many children are exposed to adverse experiences in childhood. Such adverse childhood exposures may result in stress and trauma, which are associated with increased morbidity and mortality into adulthood. In general populations and trauma-exposed adults, mindfulness interventions have demonstrated reduced depression and anxiety, reduced trauma-related symptoms, enhanced coping and mood, and improved quality of life. Studies in children and youth also demonstrate that mindfulness interventions improve mental, behavioral, and physical outcomes.
24 February 2017
Over 5,000 teachers in the UK have been trained to teach mindfulness, according to the Mindfulness Initiative, and that number is growing all the time. It's a meditation technique being used to help pupils improve their mental well-being. Tallulah Berry went to visit one primary school in London to find out from the pupils themselves how it makes them feel.
As we know, the new school year can be a stressful time with a lot going on. That's why we've teamed up with ABC Radio to create some FREE brand new back to school meditations. These short 2-minute meditations are tailored for students 7+, teachers and parents.
It has now been four years since a mindfulness training programme was established in the UK Parliament. Since then over 145 MPs and Members of the House of Lords, and 250 of their staff, have been on an eight-week course and many make use of a weekly drop-in class . We're starting to hear from parliamentarians that mindfulness practice has made a profound impact on their personal and professional lives, and has fostered new types of relationships in Westminster. As Labour Peer and former MP Lord Alan Howarth puts it, “The mindfulness group is an oasis of trust and friendship – something very important in our adversarial politics. It is a very great help for my focus, my energy, my perspective, my sense of proportion and balance.” , , , Continued
Harvard Graduate School of Education
A new report from the Center on the Developing Child (CDC) at Harvard University offers operational guidance for social workers, educators, and other caregivers — helping them use the science of child development as a framework for providing the support and services children need in the moment and the tools for continued success.
6 February 2017
Charities are calling for improved mental health provision in schools as new figures reveal more than 50,000 children and young people contacted Childline last year seeking help for serious mental health problems. The helpline has seen a 36% rise over four years in youngsters needing help for depression and other disorders, while there was also a rise in the number of youngsters feeling suicidal.
21 January 2017
There were around 60 students in each group which lasted for around one hour. The first session with 11 & 12 took place in an informal assembly type setting in the school theatre. Very quickly all the students were on the stage sitting on the floor and enjoying the opportunity to practice in the meditation posture. Generally on school visits I advise students to sit in a chair but as they are all so flexible due to their ballet training there was no problem to sit on the floor. We engaged in a series of practices.
Summary and Recommendations to the Inquiry on the Role of Education in Children and Young People’s Mental Health
There needs to be a better balance between attainment and wellbeing in schools. A good education is a protective factor for mental health, and good mental health helps you get a good education - so it is a virtuous circle. Most schools understand this but aren’t really rewarded for their work to support their pupils’ mental health.
DfE to recommend that schools strive towards a better balance in the curriculum, which incorporates mental health and wellbeing within PSHE lessons or the wider curriculum.
Children and Young
People’s Mental Health Coalition’s Submission
Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition’s Submission to the Inquiry on the Role of Education in Children and Young People’s Mental Health
20 January 2017
Global Wellness News
Predicted to be the biggest future trend of all, thanks to an “alarming mental wellness crisis”, the Global Wellness Institute argues that spas, fitness studios, workplaces and governments will start putting more emphasis on helping consumers to tackle stress, depression and anxiety.
25:40 "Treatment is only part of the answer. We must look at what more can be done to prevent mental health problems, and work with you to capitalise on the crucial role civil society has to play in helping young people – and indeed people of all ages – build resilience."
We know from the research "mindfulness" is a powerful contributor to "building resilience in children."
MYRIAD: Mindfulness and Resilience in Adolescence
This £6.4 million 7 year research programme, funded by the Wellcome Trust, is being carried out by teams at the University of Oxford, UCL (University College London) and the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, in collaboration with King’s College London and the University of Exeter.
4 January 2017