Media & Research Diary: 2017

News and Research links for Mindfulness in Education

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17 August 2017

More than 100,000 teenagers a year to get mental health training to help them cope with exam stress

The Telegraph


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.

On measuring the number of vulnerable children

Children’s Commissioner for England


  • Over half a million children so vulnerable that the state has to step in

  • 670,000 children in England growing up in ‘high risk’ family situations

  • Thousands of children living with adults in treatment for drink or drugs

  • 800,000 children suffering from mental health difficulties

  • Tens of thousands of children involved with gangs

  • Over a thousand new child victims of slavery each year

6 August 2017

We’re failing our young people on mental health provision

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

Artificial Intelligence to help fight anxiety and depression

Karn Kumar


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 Science of Meditation

Dan Goleman


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

Schools (Mental Health and Wellbeing) Bill

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

Mental Health First Aid training

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

Global Access to Healthcare Index

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

Implementation Matters: Mindfulness in Schools

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

Happy Teachers Change the World

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

USA Teacher Health and Wellness Act

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

Every school should have a therapist, says happiness expert



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

Bringing happiness . . .

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

Mindfulness for 12,000 students

Aetna Foundation


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

Mental Health Services​

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

Schools using Mindfulness to Improve Wellbeing



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

Schools to trial happiness lessons for eight-year-olds

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.

Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance



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.

February 2017
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

  • Education

  • Workplace

  • Criminal Justice System

  • Politics and Society

  • Digital and Tech

28 February 2017

The Role of Mindfulness in Reducing the Adverse Effects of Childhood Stress and Trauma

Children 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

Mindfulness to help children's mental wellbeing in schools

BBC News


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.

Back to School Meditations

Smiling Mind


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 

From Research to Action

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

50,819 youngsters contacted Childline in 2016​

The Guardian


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

Mindfulness at Ballet School



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
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20 January 2017

The Future is Mental Wellness

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

Oxbridge now recognises the importance of mental health - it's time for the rest to follow suit

The Telegraph​


A recent Freedom of Information request revealed how much a number of our institutions – including those in the prestigious Russell Group – spend on mental health services for each student annually. Of the 40 institutions surveyed, one huge disparity is apparent: Oxford tops the table, with £48.25 per head, while Cambridge comes in as a close second at £40.48. The University of Central Lancashire, meanwhile, spends a pitiful £4.64, while my own university, Warwick, ranked shamefully low in 33rd place, its expenditure of £11.92 per student annually being the worst performing in the Russell Group universities listed.