“Learning through health and wellbeing promotes confidence, independent thinking and positive attitudes and dispositions. Because of this, it is the responsibility of every teacher to contribute to learning and development in this area.” Curriculum for Excellence
The Do-BeMindful Initiative aims to support schools and teachers in meeting this responsibility with our transformative Mindfulness programmes. We help:
Is a practical introduction to Mindfulness that can be enjoyed by everyone. This programme will train your brain to help you to manage stress and enjoy better relationships, better performance and better health and wellbeing.
Involve 8 weeks of fun and engaging lessons as well as regular daily Mindfulness practices that help children to develop life skills that will benefit their mental health, emotional wellbeing and academic performance.
Around 20% of 5-16 year olds in the UK suffer from a mental health illness and approximately 50% of those with a lifetime mental illness will experience symptoms by the age of 14.
A recent survey found that over 75% of teachers had reported experiencing work-related anxiousness, 86% had suffered sleeplessness and 33% poor health as a result of work related pressures.
Anxiety, stress and depression have never before been so prevalent in both adults and young people. Research shows that poor mental health negatively impacts on attainment and life chances.
Early intervention and prevention strategies are key to minimising the prevalence and severity of poor mental health. Mindfulness is one evidence-based intervention that can benefit both adults’ and childrens’ mental health and emotional wellbeing.
In recent years there has been a surge of interest in Mindfulness underpinned by a growing body of scientific and clinical research evidence. Mindfulness neuroscience is a new, inter-disciplinary field of research that encompasses neuroimaging techniques, physiological measures and behavioural tests to explore the effects of different aspects of mindfulness practice.
Mindfulness is viewed as enabling an enhanced quality of life with greater emotional and mental wellbeing, increased levels of happiness, increased resilience, reduced levels of stress, better communication and relationships.
Based on published studies, Mindfulness has been found to be effective in:-
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5 Shian-Ling Keng, Moria J. Smoski, and Clive J. Robins (2011) Effects of Mindfulness on Psychological Health: A Review of Empirical Studies, Clinical Psychology Review, 31:6, pp 1041-1056
6 Spijkerman, M.P.J., Pots W.T.M. and Bohlmeijer, E.T. (2016) Effectiveness of Online Mindfulness-based Interventions in Improving Mental Health: A review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Clinical Psychology Review, 45, pp 102-114
7 Hassed, Craig The Health Benefits of Meditation and Being Mindful. Mindfulness@Monash