Media & Research Diary: 2014
News and Research links for Mindfulness in Education
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16 December 2014
US NIH Has Spent $100.2 Million on Mindfulness Meditation
Washington Free Beacon
The Washington Free Beacon analyzed 81 active studies on mindfulness that have cost taxpayers more than $100 million. Included in the total were all studies in which mindfulness is used as a central component in the research.
14 December 2014
CBS 60 Minutes
60 Minutes' Examines The Benefits Of Mindfulness
"This is just the next generation of exercise, we’ve got the physical, you know, exercise components down, and now it’s about working out how can we actually train our minds,"
~ Dr. Judson Brewer Psychiatrist and Neuroscientist at the University of Massachusetts.
1 December 2014
Oxford Mindfulness Centre
A Message from Willem Kuyken, Director of the OMC
Wellcome Trust funded programme of work to ask “Has mindfulness training 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?”
This programme is being set up at Oxford with Mark Williams and with Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (UCL), Tim Dalgleish (Cambridge), and others.
1 December 2014
Mindful December Issue
Welcome to the December issue of Mindful magazine
Pete Carroll, head coach of the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, asks his players to go inside—to find the confidence to be the best they can be by coaching the whole person.
Mindfulness can help us de-stress, but where it really gets put to the test is in our connections with others. Here’s how to bring attention and caring into your most important relationships—at home, at work, and in love.
27 November 2014
Lord Stone of Blackheath
This mindfulness and higher consciousness is at the heart of most religions and the great traditions of the East. Although one does not need to have a religious belief, many of the sustained religions and philosophies have methods, rites and ceremonies that are designed to enable one, through contemplative practice, to engender in oneself such mindfulness.
25 November 2014
The Global Crisis of Depression
Depression is one of the most significant public health problems facing the world in the 21st Century. Depression is now the leading cause of disability worldwide. Indeed, it is estimated that over a quarter of citizens of working age have suffered from depression. Diagnoses for the illness have continued to increase, even as many employers have failed to understand the impact that stressful working lives can have on their staff and, implicitly, on economic productivity. Such is the scale and variety of the problem that many patients are not getting suitable treatment, an issue only likely to exacerbate the impact.
I want to thank the Economist Group both for my invitation and, more importantly, for bringing together so many leading figures in this field. From long experience, I know how expert gatherings like this can be catalysts for the development of innovative solutions . . .
Depression is nothing short of an eclipse on our world. Its scale is huge. Over 350 million people in the world are affected by depression. To give that massive number some context, think of the population of the United States. Today, you have the opportunity to hear from political . . .
19th November 2014
APPG Hearing on Mindfulness in Education
The Mindfulness Initiative
More than a hundred policymakers, educational leaders and mental health workers gathered to hear evidence of the latest research and how mindfulness is being implemented in schools across the
One of the most pioneering examples of best practice is the Bright Futures Educational Trust based in the North West, a multi-academy trust. Amanda Bailey, Chief Operating Officer explained how over 300 staff have been trained; that represents 55% of all staff as well as 2000 students, 50% of all students. There is a strategic lead responsible for leadership, development and integrity and next year it will train all initial teacher trainees. Amanda saw mindfulness as a good example of the school self-improvement system.
1 November 2014
Neuroscience Reveals the Secrets of Meditation’s Benefits
Contemplative practices that extend back thousands of years show a multitude of benefits for both body and mind A Buddhist monk—this one with a doctorate in cell biology—has teamed with two prominent neuroscientists to present the latest findings on what meditation does to the brain and how those changes to neural circuits have some of the trappings of what might be labeled a perfect drug—Prozac-like muting of depression symptoms or prophylaxis against PTSD (just two on the list).
29 October 2014
New Wellbeing Centre
The new What Works Centre for Wellbeing with, initial funding of over £3.5million over three years, will commission universities to research the impact that
different interventions and services have on wellbeing.
The initial focus of research will be on what works for wellbeing in relation to work and learning, communities, cultural and sporting activities. Results will help government, councils, health and wellbeing boards, charities and businesses make decisions on really matters for the wellbeing of people, communities and the nation as a whole.
11 October 2014
Mindfulness is now very much on the agenda for most schools
Adults have been introduced to Mindfulness for some time, but the relaxation practice is now being taught in schools, says Helen O’Callaghan
CHILDREN in a classroom near you may not just be learning their seven times tables or their English reading — they may well be embracing the practice of mindfulness.
10 October 2014
Greater Happiness in 5 Minutes a Day
Cubs Community Weekly
Research demonstrates the incredible power of loving-kindness meditation also called metta, is the simple practice of directing well-wishes towards other people. [...] Loving-kindness meditation does far more than produce momentary good feelings.
Over a nine week period, research showed that this type of meditation increased
people's experiences of positive emotions.
8 October 2014
Mental health services: achieving better access by 2020
Department of Health
Investment in promotion, prevention and effective mental health care and treatment is not just good for individuals, and for families, but good for society as a whole.
This report shows what action the government is taking to provide better access to care in mental health services within the next year, including national waiting
time standards for the first time. It also sets out its vision for further progress by 2020.
24-26 September 2014
World Congress on the Promotion of Mental Health
Imperial College London
Compelling evidence highlights the effectiveness of a range of interventions to promote mental wellbeing. Over the past two decades much progress has been made in the development of scientific knowledge on determinants of mental wellbeing as well as in a range of effective public mental health interventions. However much more needs to be done if we are to continue to improve mental wellbeing.
16 September 2014
Annotated bibliography of studies of mindfulness in education
Greater Good Science Center
Are you interested in mindfulness in education? Looking for evidence to support it?
The Greater Good Science Center, USA have compiled a list of research studies and results that we hope will be helpful to you.
12 September 2014
Layard has a message for governments and health insurance companies worldwide. “Money saved on physical healthcare and welfare benefits more than covers the costs of therapy. It’s a no-brainer. We have treatments that cost us nothing and relieve massive human misery.”
With David M Clark, an Oxford psychology professor, Layard has written Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies, calling on policy makers to tackle widespread depression and anxiety. “One in six [people] in advanced countries are suffering from depression or anxiety,” says Layard, “yet 75 per cent are not being treated, even though good treatments exist. It’s shocking.”
9 September 2014
Young people in particular needed better access to support, says Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies, as half of adults with mental health problems develop them before the age of 15 and three-quarters by 18.
Paul Allin & David J. Hand
This book is about social progress: its definition and its measurement. In particular, it is concerned with the overall wellbeing or quality of life of the people in a nation at a point in time, how this has changed (i.e. ‘progress’) and whether it is sustainable. In exploring this topic, the book seeks to address three primary questions:
- What is national wellbeing?
- Why should national wellbeing be measured?
- How should national wellbeing be measured?
25 August 2014
Irish Scoolchildren to learn Mindfulness
IRISH school students will be able to study 'mindfulness' techniques - the relaxation method popularised by celebrities such as Katy Perry and Gwyneth Paltrow - from next month. A Department of Education spokesperson confirmed the ground-breaking initiative to the Irish Independent.
A Department of Education spokesperson confirmed the course will be specifically aimed at improving the students' mental, emotional and social development. It's hoped mindfulness techniques will help with cases of school bullying - which can affect up to one in four students attending school.
25 August 2014
MBCT courses are proliferating across the UK – but research in the US found some who practised some types of Buddhist meditation were assailed by traumatic memories and impairment in social relationships.
20 August 2014
Children's mental healthcare in crisis, Care Minister Norman Lamb admits
Children’s mental health services in England are “dysfunctional” and “crying out” for a complete overhaul, the Care Minister Norman Lamb has said, in a stark
admission that thousands of children are being let down by the NHS’s “institutional bias” against mental health.
He announced that a new taskforce, made up of experts on children’s mental health and including former service users, has been formed, which will make recommendations for an unprecedented shake-up of services. Mr Lamb said their report, which will be published in the spring, should help form the policy of the next Government, whatever its political make-up.
31 July 2014
The Broad Institute
In what has to be the biggest news in schizophrenia research in the past 3 decades, the philanthropist Ted Stanley announced that he is donating $650 Million for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder research (and related psychiatric research) to the Broad Institute.
The focus of this unprecedented donation is on spurring on scientific research on the most serious psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and ultimately in bringing new treatments based on molecular understanding to hundreds of millions of people around the world who suffer from these and related disorders.
31 July 2014
The Huffington Post UK
London mayor Boris Johnson may be known for bounding about the political stage in the style of a human dynamo, but his staff at City Hall are at least given help on the importance of how to manage stress in their hectic working lives.
29 July 2014
MPs and Peers are taking off their shoes, exploring how meditation-style techniques can be used in policy and asking what a more mindful politics might look like. A group of MPs and peers invited the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) to teach an initial eight-week mindfulness course for parliamentarians between January and March 2013.
16 July 2014
It is time to use science to advance the psychological, not just the pharmaceutical, treatment of those with mental-health problems.
By the end of 2015, representatives of the leading clinical and neuroscience bodies should meet to hammer out the ten most pressing research questions for psychological treatments. This list should be disseminated to granting agencies, scientists, clinicians and the public internationally.
8 July 2014
The pursuit of happiness: a new ambition for our mental health
CentreForum Mental Health Commission
The Commission urges government to prioritise investment in the mental health of children and teenagers. It says this will not just transform people’s life chances but reduce the costs to society of low educational attainment, negative behaviour, worklessness, crime, and antisocial behaviour.
The “pursuit of happiness” must become an explicit and measurable goal of government if the £105 billion annual cost of mental illness in England is to be reduced.
3 July 2014
Richard Layard and David M Clark
DEPRESSION SHORTENS lives as effectively as smoking and is 50% more disabling than chronic physical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, angina or arthritis. Mentally ill people also get more physical ailments and respond worse to treatment.
Listen to the audio of the Launch
This is not just a matter of indvidual suffering. More than 40% of lost work days are due to mental illness. If all mentally ill people could work, employment would rise 4%.
2 July 2014
Share ideas and advice on how mindfulness can be used to improve student wellbeing and academic success. Of the 1,131 headteachers spoken to by the school leaders' network The Key, four in five said they were worried about pupils suffering from an anxiety disorder. Self-harming, depression and eating disorders were also cited.
30 May 2014
Successful execs on Wall Street start their day meditating
It's becoming so popular among the finance crowd that meditation classes at Goldman Sachs have waiting lists that are hundreds of names long, according to Bloomberg, since no one wants to get left
behind on a possible competitive advantage.
The staggering 3153 Research Papers on the benefits of meditation can be seen here.
22 May 2014
Mindfulness can help kids to thrive at school
Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of The Mindful Child, is one of increasingly many parents fighting for a "mindful revolution in education," explaining mindfulness programs can aid kids in developing good habits that will help make them happier and more compassionate.
Programs aim to reduce stress among students and teachers, and to increase four-year graduation rates.
20 May 2014
Our children really are facing a mental health crisis
Madeleine Bunting - The Guardian
Childline reports that in 2013 it experienced a 41% increase in reports of self-harm and a 33% increase of children reporting suicidal thoughts over the previous year. Public Health England concludes that 30% of English adolescents have sub-clinical mental health problems. These figures are catastrophic: we are raising children who are ill.
12 May 2014
Exercising the Mind to Treat Attention Deficits
By Daniel Goleman
Poor planning, wandering attention and trouble inhibiting impulses all signify lapses in cognitive control. Now a growing stream of research suggests that strengthening this mental muscle, usually with exercises in so-called mindfulness, may help children and adults cope with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and its adult equivalent, attention deficit disorder. These studies come amid growing disenchantment with the first-line treatment for these conditions: drugs.
7 May 2014
Launch of All Party Parliamentary Group on Mindfulness
Houses of Parliament
APPG launch to study the benefits of bringing mindfulness into public policy. Ruby Wax joined experts and parliamentarians at the launch in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 7 May. Following growing scientific evidence on the use of mindfulness to combat depression, stress and improve well being, the group will run a nine month inquiry into the potential role mindfulness could play in areas of public policy such as education, health and criminal justice.
1 May 2014
Gove announces independent review of initial teacher training courses
The government has announced a review of initial teacher training courses, in a move that will highlight divisions between the education secretary and universities over how new teachers should be
prepared for the classroom.
9 April 2014
Richard Burnett added that if OFSTED could be made to see the link between ability to pay attention and ability learn, and therefore to take an interest in emotional intelligence and mindfulness,
it would make a huge difference. Anthony Seldon noted that OFSTED had remarked on the calm atmosphere in his school, but had not enquired into why that was. (From the notes of the discussion)
The Science of Mindfulness
University of Toronto
Researchers are producing mountains of evidence that meditation can boost satisfaction, improve health and reduce burnout. Yet for all its trendiness, there is growing scientific evidence that
mindfulness is a bandwagon well worth jumping on, for those in search of greater calm, focus and kindness. There’s more than an article a day on the subject in peer-reviewed
25 March 2014
Children's mental health gets £75m Lottery funding
HeadStart investment will equip young people to cope better with difficult circumstances in their lives, so as to prevent them experiencing common mental health problems before they become serious issues.
23 March 2014
Breathe deep and mind how you go
The Sunday Times
More schools are realising the value of mindfulness, a technique that can help pupils cope with life, depression and lessons. Heads of high-performing schools are becoming increasingly
concerned about the psychological challenges experienced by their pupils, and about the alarming rise in those suffering from significant mental health disorders.
12 March 2014
'Mindfulness' courses for pupils being considered by government, minister reveals
TES Breaking news
The government is considering whether courses in "mindfulness" should be introduced to help improve pupil well-being, a minister revealed today. Schools minister David Laws told MPs: . . .
6 March 2014
Shorewood school adds mindfulness training to improve student focus
This is one of 20 lessons over 10 weeks Reinhoffer will give in mindfulness, part of a national trend that aims to improve focus and well-being by teaching people to slow down and pay greater attention to their bodies and surroundings.
6 March 2014
All schools should introduce a daily "stillness" session to give pupils time for reflection away from the frantic pressures of modern life, according to a leading headmaster. Children should be required to keep quiet for around two minutes each day to give them respite from social media and school work, said Anthony Seldon.
28 February 2014
Mindful meditation at school gives kids tools for emotional expression
Los Angeles Times
Hundreds of schools in California alone have mindful meditation programs, and educators see benefits. Mindfulness is said to help with focus, attention, calming the emotions and school performance.
27 February 2014
Cornell Law School and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
After a successful pilot launch in the Cornell Law School and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management last semester, a guided Mindfulness Meditation program is now available to faculty, staff and students across campus. In its first three weeks, sessions have drawn more than 100 participants.
22 February 2014
The Mindfulness Foundation
The Foundation Grassroots Campaign to Make Mindfulness Education Available to all 9 Million UK School Children by 2022
Let's get our kids off the hamster wheel says The Mindfulness in Schools Campaign.
Mindfulness Research Monthly
Editor: David S. Black, Ph.D.
MRG publishes Mindfulness Research Monthly (MRM), a monthly bulletin that aims to build awareness of and inform the latest scientific advances in mindfulness.
Mindfulness is a quality of human consciousness characterized by an accepting awareness of and enhanced attention to the constant stream of lived experience.
10 February 2014
120 schools participate in mindfulness programmes
Elizabeth Truss Under-Secretary of State for Education
I have taken the research put forward, and one of the Department's education policy advisers is considering it in detail and examining the evidence. I note that 120 schools already participate in mindfulness programmes.
5 February 2014
Being mindful online shown to dramatically reduce . . .
University of Oxford with the Mental Health Foundation
Adele Krusche, of the University of Oxford's Department of Psychiatry, said: "The study shows great potential for the role of online technology in delivering mindfulness courses to decrease stress, anxiety and depression.
3 February 2014
Finding peace in a stressed-out, digitally dependent culture may just be a matter of thinking differently
The Mindful Revolution - TIME
VIDEO about TIME Magazine's Latest Issue that Dives Into The Benefits Of Mindfulness.
Educators are turning to mindfulness with increasing frequency - perhaps a good thing, considering how digital technology is splitting kids' attention spans too. A Bay Area-based program called Mindful Schools offers online mindfulness training to teachers, instructing them in how to equip children to concentrate in classrooms and deal with stress. Launched in 2010, the group has reached more than 300,000 pupils.
17 January 2014
Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness
"Before we can teach a kid how to academically excel in school, we need to teach him how to have stillness, pay attention, stay on task, regulate, make good choices," said Larochette. "We tell
kids be quiet, calm yourself down, be still. We tell them all these things they need in the classroom, but we're not teaching them how to do that."
11 January 2014
How mindfulness can help your children
A new technique that helps children to concentrate and cope with anxiety is being introduced in some schools. Mindfulness can produce improvements of up to 20 per cent in symptoms of anxiety and depression.
The Times article also included meditation exercises for kids.
7 January 2014
A £6m fund has been launched to make better use of neuroscience in classrooms in England
BBC News Education
The scheme, backed by the Wellcome Trust and Education Endowment Foundation, wants more evidence-based research into how schoolchildren's brains process information. This could include how the brain's performance is damaged by sleep loss.
7 January 2014
Mindfulness: a beginner's guide
The Guardian: Trending Topics and News Analysis
A report published this week analysing data from 47 clinical trials involving 3,000 participants suggests that mindfulness, a meditation technique aimed at focusing the mind on the present moment, produces measurable improvements of up to 20% in symptoms of anxiety and depression compared to people . . .
2 January 2014
Mindful living was named one of 10 trends that will shape the world in 2014 and beyond
The Third Metric
Mindfulness, it seems, is having a moment. 2013 saw a significant spike of interest in holistic health and mindfulness practices like yoga and meditation (not to mention a number of celebrities
and CEOs hopping on the mindfulness bandwagon) and it's a trend that will likely continue to gain momentum in 2014.