Media & Research Diary: January - June 2015 

News and Research links for Mindfulness in Education

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30 June 2015
The Mindfulness All-party Parliamentary Group (APPG)
Mindfulness Initiative

 

The Mindfulness All-party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG) has been formally reinstated following its dissolution at the General Election. The group's AGM was held in Portcullis House on Tuesday 30th June and two new co-chairs were elected: Jessica Morden, Labour MP for Newport East, and Tim Loughton, Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham.

30 June 2015
How meditation could be beneficial in schools
The Independant

 

Research in the fields of psychology, education and neuroscience shows teaching meditation in schools is having positive effects on students' well-being, social skills and academic skills.

 

A recent meta-review of the impact of meditation in schools combined the results from 15 studies and almost 1800 students from the UK, Australia, Canada, India, the US and Taiwan. The research showed meditation is beneficial in most cases and led to three broad outcomes for students: higher well-being, better social skills and greater academic skills.

24 June 2015
Wellbeing: From measurement to management
McCann Health London

 

Until recently, wellbeing or wellness was one of those things, like algebra or philosophy, that didn't exist in the real world. Now however it seems to be a buzzword at the heart of many conversations in the healthcare sector. It is now universally recognised by leading health organisations that it is important to focus on 'wellness' rather than deal only with illness. So firstly, exactly what is 'wellness' or 'wellbeing'?

18 June 2015
Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education
Wellington College

 

And we know that children need certain character traits to excel academically. The kind of traits that should be embedded through a whole-school approach to character education, helping children and young people become decent, happy, well-balanced citizens. I’m talking about exactly the kind of education that Anthony has championed for so long - I’m grateful for your research and support. And, as you say, Anthony, academic attainment and exam success are just part of the story.

17 June 2015
Minister of State for Children and Families
Department for Education
Edward Timpson MP

 

Now, you may not know - because you’re busy working and why should you read lists of ministerial jobs - that my brief has been extended to include character and resilience. I want to finish by outlining my approach to that important aspect of child development, which in itself can help reduce the vulnerability of young people. We’ve placed a greater emphasis on helping children not only achieve academically, but develop the qualities and life skills that will give them a strong foundation for social life as well.

 

The minister’s responsibilities include: character and resilience, including bullying, cadets and military ethos and school sport and personal, social and health education (PSHE).

17 June 2015
Child Health Profiles
Public Health England

 

Child Health Profiles provide a snapshot of child health and wellbeing for each local authority in England using key health indicators, which enables comparison locally, regionally and nationally.

 

By using the profiles local organisations can work in partnership to plan and commission evidence-based services based on local need. The profiles allow you to compare the outcomes in your local population with others in order to identify and learn from better performing areas.

17 June 2015
Children's and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing
Public Health England

 

Welcome to the Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Profiling Tool. It has been developed to support an intelligence driven approach to understanding and meeting need.

 

It collates and analyses a wide range of publically available data on risk, prevalence and detail (including cost data) on those services that support children with, or vulnerable to, mental illness. It provides commissioners, service providers, clinicians, services users and their families with the means to benchmark their area against similar populations and gain intelligence about what works.

17 June 2015
A New Way Forward
Mental Health Foundation

 

Mental health problems cost the UK economy an estimated £70- 100 billion each year. Mental health services are overstretched, waiting times are too long and some areas lack specialist services. Yet public spending is focused almost entirely on coping with crisis, with only insignificant investment in prevention. At the same time the human costs of mental health problems grow unabated. It is time to change the model and to move spending upstream to prevent problems occurring.

 

Can we prevent mental health problems? Of course ... the evidence is incontrovertible.
Dr David Kingdon, Professor of Health Care Delivery

12 June 2015
Reading, Writing, Required Silence:
Huffington Post

 

On a Wednesday afternoon in early May, after a full day of studying the Byzantine Empire and sitting through lessons on annotation and critical reading, the sixth-graders in Zsazita Walker’s social studies and language arts class were, expectedly, acting like sixth-graders. School was almost over and the classroom, scattered with posters, worksheets and lesson plans, was buzzing with chatty, curious 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds who knew they'd soon be free from class.

 

But before dismissal, one exercise remained. The kids shuffled from grouped tables to neat, forward-facing rows of desks. Walker counted down from five, telling her students to make sure the table tops were cleared. A boy walked to the front of the classroom, sat in a chair to face his classmates, and rang a bell.

5 June 2015
National Conference Mindfulness in Schools
Hampton School

 

Tell a group of teenage boys they are going to sit in a classroom and ‘learn to focus on their breathing’ and you might expect to receive looks of wry derision However, if you can show them something that will help them to cope with the personal pressures of being a 21st century teenager, as well as achieve top performance academically, on the sports field and in the performing arts – then you’ll catch and keep their attention. To date, more than 800 of our Year 10 pupils have followed a course of mindfulness lessons which does this and their reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.

3 June 2015
How two minutes of mindfulness can calm a class and boost attainment
The Guardian

 

Mindfulness helps students cope with academic stress and the pressures of life outside the school gates. Matthew Jenkin examines the benefits of silent reflection in education.

 

Caroline Woods teaches year one and two at The Dharma primary school in Brighton and starts her class every day with a few minutes of silent mindfulness practice. She says getting the children to sit still and in silence isn't the struggle you might imagine. Students actually look forward to a time when all they have to do is stop, be calm and listen.

27 May 2015
Mindfulness In Urban Education Summit
Ivy Child International 

 

Mindful Superheroes Congressman James P. McGovern of Massachusetts, Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio, Author of Mindful Nation and Inner city students at Claremont Academy will be featured for an event on the power of mindfulness and how schools and communities can use mindfulness to unlock children’s learning potential.

18 May 2015
All In The Mind? How Mindfulness Can Help Improve Mental Health And Wellbeing
Deloitte UK Centre for Health Solutions

 

Mindfulness, has much in common with cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) in as much as it supports strategies to give pause to - and even avoid - negative thought cycles and feelings. As such it is a technique to help tackle, not cure, depression and other emotional disturbances by moderating feelings which might otherwise be harder to cope with, and fostering a greater sense of wellbeing. Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment, without getting stuck in the past or worrying about the future. Mindfulness can be practiced anywhere, for 5 minutes or 5 hours.

14 May 2015
Let GPs offer mindfulness meditation to patients, say experts
The Independent

 

And the scale of the problem illustrated by the snapshot of the country’s stress levels means that a new approach to dealing with mental health is needed, with more emphasis on prevention, says the charity. Stress, anxiety and depression are part of a wider picture of mental illness which costs Britain £100bn a year, according to campaigners. Jenny Edwards, MHF chief executive, said: “We have just had a general election where for the first time mental health was a key issue addressed in the manifestos of the major parties.

12 May 2015
Manchester Grammar School
Mind Space

 

“We really enjoyed having you in school yesterday. Many of our boys (and staff) have already commented on how interesting they found the concept of mindfulness and how much they enjoyed practising some meditation exercises. They arrived at their lessons yesterday afternoon in good spirits, in spite of their impending exams, and with some very useful food for thought that I am sure many of them will follow up independently. From my point of view, it was incredible, if a little surreal, to see our entire Year 10 cohort sat quietly meditating with their eyes closed.”

6 May 2015
Will mindfulness lessons help to calm my children?
The Telegraph

 

I am blown away by the simplicity and variety of the exercises. It seems almost too obvious to state that if you breathe properly you calm down, and slowly appreciating food or your feelings will enhance and de-stress your life. But it is making such a difference to those schoolchildren lucky enough to have sessions that there is a strong argument for it to be offered nationwide . . .

5 May 2015
Why ignoring mental wellbeing is a risk to public health
Professor Sarah Stewart-Brown

 

Mental health is a subject that’s long overdue for public health attention. The UK’s chief medical officer, Professor Sally Davies, has given the topic urgency by calling for mental health to be given the same level of esteem as other urgent public health priorities such as obesity. Writing in The Lancet medical journal recently, Professor Davies drew on her most recent annual report to call for better mental health training for all doctors and greater integration of mental and physical health . . .

5 May 2015
Watson Health forms healthcare partnerships
ZDNet 
Larry Dignan 

 

Mayo Clinic and Epic effort is designed to analyze factors that could impact wellness. Epic has 350 customers and has exchanged 80 million medical records in the last year. Watson and Epic could link up to provide patient treatments and personalize management for chronic conditions. Epic will embed Watson via application programming interfaces (APIs).. . .

30 April 2015
The Connected School – a design for wellbeing
NCB & Pearson

 

In Chapter 7 The role of mindfulness in schools Professor Katherine Weare covers:

What is mindfulness? - Mindfulness programmes in school - Impacts of mindfulness on school staff - The impact of mindfulness on school students - Helping to manage stress, including that caused by ‘connectedness’ - Mindfulness as the ‘missing key’ for social and emotional education - Mindfulness for school staff - Where next? Connecting mindfulness into the curriculum and school life.

23 April 2015
Why Wellbeing Is a Skill That Can Be Learned
Professor Richard Davidson 

 

"I kept doing the body scan to feel calm," a fifth grade student explained to my colleagues as he recollected coping with a stressful situation at home. A "body scan" involves checking in with your body and noticing how it feels in the present moment. There's no action required other than observing experiences as they unfold. As a neuroscientist applying the insights of my center's research to the real world, including in classrooms . . .

23 April 2015
2015 World Happiness Report

UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

 

Switzerland is the happiest country in the world, closely followed by Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada, according to a global ranking of happiness unveiled in New York. Japan ranked 46th, one place above South Korea. China took 84th spot. The 2015 World Happiness Report is the third annual report seeking to quantify happiness as a means of influencing government policy. The United Nations published the first study in 2012.

23 April 2015
Why We Must Stop 'Spending On Failure' With Mental Health

Lord Gus O'Donnell

 

Action the government should take immediately: create a systematic way of measuring the wellbeing of children. His commission advocated early intervention to help children develop “capacity for empathy and resilience” and help them become happier, healthier adults. So, he says, we should ensure we can tell how a classroom’s wellbeing has gone up or down over a school year.

21 April 2015
Mindfulness as good as pills for treating recurrent depression
The Lancet

 

A new study has revealed that mindfulness-based therapy could offer a new treatment choice for millions of people with recurrent depression.

 

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) could provide an alternative non-drug treatment for people who do not wish to continue long-term antidepressant treatment. The results come from the first ever large study to compare MBCT - structured training for the mind and body which aims to change the way people think and feel about their experiences, with maintenance antidepressant medication for reducing the risk of relapse in depression.

13 April 2015
Mindfulness very gently moving around the world's classrooms
The Age

 

This year, the Mindfulness in Schools Project has scheduled teacher training in Scotland, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Finland, Thailand, the Netherlands and Australia. Its ".b" curriculum has been translated into Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, French, German and Spanish, indicating its growing international appeal. It is just one of many mindfulness programs currently in operation.

 

In the United States, for example, the MindUP initiative, which incorporates "brain breaks" several times a day, has been operating for 12 years. Another program, known as Quiet Time has been credited with improving school attendance and halving suspensions in a troubled school in San Francisco. Wake Up Schools is another initiative, with centres in France and the United States, which has also provided mindfulness training in India

12 April 2015
Oprah and Jon Kabat-Zinn: Practising Mindfulness

6 April 2015
Heads of business need neuroscience
Financial Times - Andrew Hill

 

Brain science talks were hugely oversubscribed at this year’s World Economic Forum, leading some management academics to mutter about the days when business professors, not scientists, were the Davos crowd-pullers. At one session, Tania Singer of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences revealed preliminary research that shows intensive exercises in empathy, perspective-taking and mindfulness can break selfish habits and change “the brain’s hardware” so people become more altruistic. Robert Shiller, an economist, told the same audience such results could shake the fundamental underpinnings of orthodox economics. The research has implications for management, too.

29 March 2015
Mindfulness: Old Wisdom for Modern Times
BBC World Service

 

Mindfulness therapies – based on ancient practices of meditation – are increasingly being taken up as the means of dealing with the pressures of modern living. Supporters believe they provide an evidence-based therapy for dealing with some of the most intractable conditions of mental illness, but some critics say they are a commodification of ancient practices.

27 March 2015
Why Mindfulness Is the New Superpower - Featuring Dan Harris

 

 

 

 

27 March 2015
Newquay primary school uses meditation to help stressed out students

The school said since the sessions began a few years ago it had seen the "transformative" benefits meditation can have on children's concentration and anxiety levels. Mrs Clifton, who also runs sessions at Truro High School for Girls, said it was one of the most constructive things to teach children for their mental health and wellbeing as it helps students manage stress and anxiety.

26 March 2015
Present, sir: benefits of a mindful classroom
The Telegraph

 

Present, sir: benefits of a mindful classroom Pupils who learn to slow down and concentrate their fast-growing minds will reap rewards in every aspect of life, says Eleanor Doughty. When asked what impact mindfulness has in schools, Richard Burnett of Tonbridge School quotes T S Eliot. “ 'Teach us to dare and not to care. Teach us how to sit still.’ English literature is a wonderful source of unknowingly 'mindful’ passages.”

25 March 2015
Inside Google’s insanely popular emotional-intelligence course
The Future of Work

 

How one of Google’s original engineers became a self-help guru, and why thousands are on waiting lists for his course. "I generally describe Search Inside Yourself as a leadership program that uses the tools of mindfulness and emotional intelligence, and that it’s based in science," says Lesser, who has become CEO of SIYLI

18 March 2015
Wellcome Trust Grant
Oxford Mindfulness Centre

 

A new Wellcome Trust Strategic Award of nearly £2 million that asks “Has mindfulness training (MT) in adolescence the potential to shift the secondary school-age population away from psychopathology and toward improved mental health by addressing key processes of mental regulation and executive control that operate across the spectrum of risk/resilience?”.

17 March 2015
Future in mind
Department of Health

 

Future in mind: Promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

 

Norman Lamb "Too often, children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health is not given the attention it needs. Far too many families have experienced poor children’s and adolescent mental health care. This isn’t endemic, and we have made great progress in the last few years, but it remains unacceptable that not every child or young person gets the help they need when and where they need it . . ."

13 March 2015
Businesses on the mindfulness bandwagon
Financial Times

 

Living Mindfully has been commissioned by Durham County Council to take mindfulness into every secondary school in the county.

 

Apps and web courses on mindfulness proliferate, as do reports on new ways in which the practice can do good, including in the corporate world. The list of blue-chip businesses and public bodies that have adopted mindfulness programmes includes Google, Apple, Sony, Ikea, Transport for London and the Department of Health.

13 March 2015
PSHE education: a review of impact and effective practice
Department for Education

 

A report by the chief medical officer of England stated that promoting physical and mental health in schools can reinforce children’s attainment and achievement that, in turn, can improve their well-being (Brooks, 2012). The evidence shows that effective emotional health and well-being programmes can have positive effects for pupils.

12 March 2015
'What Works' - Guidance for Schools
NCB

 

Clear, evidence-informed, straightforward and practical,  'What works in promoting social and emotional well-being and responding to mental health problems in schools?' is the definitive, one-stop advice and framework document to help schools and services improve outcomes.

10 March 2015
CBS 60 Minutes News Video Special on Mindfulness - Anderson Cooper

7 March 2015
Mind how you go
The Northern Echo

 

Living Mindfully has been commissioned by Durham County Council to take mindfulness into every secondary school in the county.

 

The scheme has proved so successful that it has been rolled out to neighbouring Darlington. Now funded out of the public health budgets of Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council it has been taken up by more than 2,500 adults.

5 March 2015
The Future of Work Conference
Lancaster House

 

A quiet revolution is reshaping the corporate world, as the world's most dynamic entrepreneurs and businesspeople are starting to change how a successful business is run. A new breed of mindful managers are using meditation, yoga and other Zen techniques to focus on feeling good while making money and using the money to do good too. Materialism is out, mindfulness is in.

2 March 2015
Mindfulness in Schools
BBC Inside Out South East

 

Please visit the following link to see an interesting BBC item around Mindfulness in Schools in a secondary academy in Kent. The young people who speak are particularly convincing on the personal benefits of mindfulness. (Episode from 2/3/15, begins at minute 17.40) http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b053hg8m/inside-out-south-east-02032015 

2 March 2015
Nick Clegg's mental health special on LBC
Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister

 

Nick was on air from 7pm for the one-off show called State of Mind. He interviewed people with mental health conditions, clinicians, business leaders and a chief constable and took comments and questions from callers.

 

One in four people in the UK suffer with mental illness and Nick wants to lift the lid on mental health and help stamp out the stigma.

February 2015
Mindfulness for Teachers
Patricia A. Jennings (Author)

 

Mindful awareness practices to help teachers recognize and regulate emotional reactivity in their classrooms.

 

Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions, but also one of the most demanding. This book offers simple, ready-to-use, and evidence-proven mindfulness techniques to help educators manage the stresses of the classroom, cultivate an exceptional learning environment, and revitalize both their teaching and their students’ knowledge acquisition. 

 

Drawing on basic and applied research in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and education, as well as the author’s extensive experience as a mindfulness practitioner, teacher, and scientist, it includes exercises in mindfulness, emotional awareness, movement, listening, and more, all with real-time classroom applications.

28 February 2015
Ofsted Wellbeing Propo
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Edward Davey MP

 

On Saturday 28 February the Mindfulness Foundation presented the Ofsted Wellbeing Proposal to Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. We recommend that the online Data Dashboard be enhanced to include a snapshot of Wellbeing performance. The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), applied to looked-after children since 2008, would be extended to all children and become a Wellbeing measure. Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan says "that early intervention is ‘the best way to prevent serious personal, societal, and financial costs that poor mental health can cause".

20 February 2015
Imagine our world if we taught mindfulness to all children
Marcia McConnell Ranch

 

Educators are catching on to this phenomenon and bringing mindfulness education and practice into classrooms. Even young children can learn to notice sensations in their bodies, distinguishing between arousal, upset and calm. With focused attention they can also observe what is happening around them and identify whether their typical responses are helpful or not. With greater awareness, children and teens, like adults, can become more adept in directing their attention to make better choices for personal benefits and positive social interactions.

17 February 2015
All children should receive weekly 'happiness' lessons from the age of five
The Telegraph

 

Children of all ages should be given an hour’s “happiness lessons” every week to nurture their development and stop schools behaving as “exams factories,” a major report will warn this week. It comes as separate figures show the numbers of children receiving counselling sessions because of exam stress has tripled in just one year.

 

Former ministers and Government advisors are calling for radical changes in the way British pupils are brought up, with accusations of a “grossly inhumane” failure to care for children’s wellbeing. Their report, due to be presented to a global health summit this week will say mental health problems among children and teenagers have become “a massive problem” with one in 10 now suffering from diagnoses such as anxiety and depression.

 

Click here for the full report "Mental Health and Wellbeing in Children."

 

ACTION POINT 6. MEASUREMENT:

Schools should measure pupil wellbeing regularly. Schools need an ethos that promotes children’s wellbeing and identifies children who are languishing; but they should also devote at least an hour a week to education in life skills. Children and young people need to learn how to understand and manage their own emotions, understand others and care for them, manage their sexual relationships responsibly, eat and drink sensibly and avoid drugs, understand mental disorders and what can be done about them, understand parenting, manage their responses to modern media and choose positive life goals. There are now hundreds of programs that have been developed worldwide to address one or more of these issues. Many of these programs have been rigorously evaluated on the whole age cohort in a school and been found to produce good results, at least in the short run. This was the finding of Durlak et al that we quoted earlier,67 and it related to impacts in the first six months after the programs ended. But, in the few cases where children have been followed up over a longer period, the effects have often been found to fade over time and, in many cases, to disappear.68 This is not surprising given that the programs typically average 20 hours. We should also note that many quite famous programs have had at least one trial which found no effects.69

 

This leads to two important conclusions. First, if children are to develop good life skills, they need more than one or two 20-hour programs: they need a whole curriculum of life skills, at least once a week throughout the school life. As Aristotle observed, good habits are learned through interesting repetition in varying contexts. Second, this curriculum should be evidence-based and depend as little as possible on inspired improvisation by the teacher. It is universally found that the best results follow from using detailed materials accompanied by a good manual on how to use them and some explicit training of the teachers70 (this is not so different from what is needed for a good surgical operation.) And the best results always come from offering a positive vision rather than warnings about what not to do.

17 February 2015
Developing A Healthcare App for Young People
Integrated Change

 

Working with young people on a mental health app project is so refreshing and invigorating. You see, young people tend to not hide the truth and will see things in a more open and obvious way. This is in stark contrast to the ‘busy’ and sometimes ‘clouded’ approach that the older (yes, my generation) has.

 

OK, I may be painting a general picture here but after our second workshop with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) and the Anna Freud Centre (AFC), it is clear to see that if you are developing a mobile application, that you must include your end users in the discovery and planning stage of your project.

16 February 2015
Can ‘Mindfulness’ Help Students Do Better in School?
Wall Street Journal

 

Studies show that grade-school-aged children who learn mindfulness and meditation are more focused and resilient,” says Sarah McKay, an Oxford University-trained neuroscientist and freelance science writer specializing in mind and brain. “It helps settle them down and improves concentration, particularly if done before school or after lunch breaks.

12 February 2015
Early Intervention Foundation Conference
Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary

 

Early intervention has been a real priority for the government over recent years - and it’s a personal priority and a passion for me, too.

 

Intervening early, rather than just reacting when problems are already getting worse is, put simply, the best way to prevent the serious personal, societal, and financial costs that poor mental health can cause. Investing money into this area really is spending to save in the long run. Because at least 1 in 4 of the population experiences mental health problems at some point in their life.

11 February 2015
APPG meeting on Gross National Happiness in Practice
Anna Drescher - The Mindfulness Foundation

 

Money can’t buy you happiness

 

Over the last few years, the discussion about measuring the wellbeing of our country has taken on a new importance. It is no longer satisfactory to purely measure Gross Domestic Product (GDP), as this does not give an indication of the actual wellbeing of the population. In 2011, the Office of National Statistics launched a comprehensive programme to measure national wellbeing covering health, education and skills, what we do, where we live, our relationships, the economy and governance, the environment and our subjective wellbeing(1). The results are published every year in their ‘Life in the UK’ report, which can be found online.  Click here to read the full meeting report.

10 February 2015
Mindfulness for Teens
www.mindfulnessforteens.com

 

For those of you using mindfulness with teens this site includes free downloadable guided meditation recordings, videos, mindfulness info and instructions, resources, and book excerpts from The Mindful Teen due out on 1 April.

 

Being a teen can be really stressful! Mindfulness is a powerful way to handle stress, and live life more fully. Mindfulness is all about living fully in the present moment, without judgment, and with an attitude of kindness and curiosity. It’s about breathing, noticing what’s happening right here and now, sending a gentle smile to whatever you’re experiencing in this moment (whether it’s easy or difficult), and then letting it go.

January 2015
Improving young people’s health and wellbeing
Public Health England

 

The transfer of public health responsibilities to local authorities presents an important opportunity for local areas to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for young people and to reduce inequalities. Since 1 April 2013, the former Child and Maternal Health Observatory (ChiMat) have been part of Public Health England (PHE), an executive agency of the Department of Health. PHE has been established to protect and improve the nation's health and wellbeing and to reduce inequalities. This website continues to be updated.

26 January 2015
Can we measure quality of life?
The Financial Times

 

It’s the duty of our statisticians to provide timely and objective statistics that will lead to better decisions. That is why so many types of data must be gathered and analysed. It is a hard job, which is why the statistics office has better things to do than help politicians score points off each other.

21 January 2015

Amid the Chattering of the Global Elite, a Silent Interlude
World Economic Forum Davos, Switzerland

 

For 10 minutes at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday afternoon, a conference room jammed with more than 100 high-powered delegates was entirely silent. The rare interlude of equanimity came during a panel called Leading Mindfully . . .

20 January 2015

Since 2006 . . .
Wellington College

 

Since 2006, Wellington College has been pioneering the teaching of Wellbeing lessons and Mindfulness has been a feature of this programme since it began.

 

At Wellington, simple, short meditations form part of the wellbeing lessons. Mindfulness sessions are also run in the houses by request.

17 January 2015

Schools should introduce daily meditation sessions
Professor Ashton, The Telegraph

 

Schools should introduce daily meditation sessions, in a bid to give children "a moment of stillness" and respite from increasingly chaotic lives.

The public health expert criticised repeated cuts to NHS budgets for child and adolescent mental health services, despite increasing numbers of cases of self-harm, and eating disorders.

15 January 2015

Mindful pupils have a clearer head for maths
The Times

 

Children who had completed 12 mindfulness lessons were less likely to break rules or start fights. Mindfulness, which promotes meditation and focussing on the present moment, can help boost maths scores according to new research. It is being taught at many leading schools as a way of tackling children’s depression and anxiety, but academics have found it can also improve pupils’ attainment. Almost 100 children aged nine to 11, at four schools in Canada, took part in mindfulness classes and were then compared with classmates who were not participating in the programme.

14 January 2015

Interim report of the MAPPG
Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group

 

Click here for a PDF copy of the interim report of the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary group that was launched in Parliament on Wednesday 14 January 2015. The three co-chairs, Chris Ruane MP (Labour), Tracey Crouch MP (Conservative), and Lorely Burt MP (Liberal Democrat), urge all political parties to look at the impressive evidence for mindfulness and incorporate the interim report recommendations into their manifestos ahead of the general election this year.

8 January 2015

Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain
Harvard Business Review

 

Mindfulness should no longer be considered a “nice-to-have” for executives. It’s a “must-have”:  a way to keep our brains healthy, to support self-regulation and effective decision-making capabilities, and to protect ourselves from toxic stress. It can be integrated into one’s religious or spiritual life, or practiced as a form of secular mental training.  When we take a seat, take a breath, and commit to being mindful, particularly when we gather with others who are doing the same, we have the potential to be changed.

8 January 2015

Scientific Benefits of Meditation
Live & Dare Blog 

 

76 things you might be missing out - over 100 studies were analysed (some of which were already analysis of other hundreds of studies), and categorised the findings into 76 benefits (divided into 46 subheadings). You will be surprised in reading some of these.

7 January 2015

Head of Wellbeing: An essential post for secondary schools?
2020health 

 

This report identifies that secondary schools could improve overall levels of wellbeing by implementing a regular measurement of pupil wellbeing. Further findings call for the provision of additional staff training to help identify the early warning signs of mental health illness in young people, particularly as half of all diagnosable mental health conditions are thought to start before the age of 14 and 75% by the age of 21.

4 January 2015

Head calls for a 'daily stillness period'
The Telegraph 

 

Sir Anthony Seldon has called for schools to give over part of their timetable to a 'daily stillness period' to prevent mental health issues among young people. "We have a ticking time bomb of mental health issues amongst the young, and schools are still not doing enough," he warned.

1 January 2015

IONS Meditation Bibliography
Institute of Noetic Sciences 

 

With more than 6000 citations and growing, the IONS Meditation Bibliography is the largest and most comprehensive known catalogue of published scientific studies of meditation in the world. IONS maintains this database and updates it quarterly.

1 January 2015

How 2014 Became the Year of Mindfulness
New Republic Science

 

In February, “The Mindful Revolution” made the cover of TIME, and writer Evgeny Morozov labeled "mindfulness" "the new 'sustainability': no one quite knows what it is, but everyone seems to be for it."

 

In March, Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons published his own guide to meditation. In April, “Nightline” co-anchor Dan Harris’s guide to mindfulness, 10% Happier, reached number one on The New York Times bestseller list.