Media & Research Diary
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.
Professor Willem Kuyken
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.
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.”
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
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
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
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.
The Mindfulness Initiative
- Society, Politics and Community
- Criminal Justice
- Armed Forces
- Mindfulness Teacher Training
- Digital & Tech
8 May 2018
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
THE DUCHESS LAUNCHES HEADS TOGETHER’S NEW MENTALLY HEALTHY WEBSITE PROJECT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
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
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
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
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 . . .
8 February 2018
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.
New Zealand plans to be the first in the world to measure its success against how it does socially, culturally and environmentally.