Media & Research Diary

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 …
#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 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".