Schoolchildren To Get ‘Mindfulness Training: .. .. ..thanks To Nik for this article.

  
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07:24, UK,
Thursday 16 July 2015: By Rhiannon Mills, Sky News Correspondent
http://news.sky.com/story/1519722/schoolchildren-to-get-mindfulness-training
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A major study is being launched to find out if “mindfulness training” for schoolchildren can help cut the risk of depression and other mental health problems.
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Around 6,000 children between the ages of 11 and 14 from 76 schools will be monitored over five years.
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Some will be given special mindfulness awareness sessions, while the others will have “teaching as usual”.
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Mindfulness has become a buzz word for encouraging people to take time out of their day to focus on clearing their minds of negative thoughts, thinking about their breathing and generally reflecting on how they can feel better about any problems or stress in their life.
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This research is based on the theory that, just as physical training improves physical health, psychological resilience training is associated with better mental health outcomes.
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Professor Willem Kuyken, a principal investigator from the University of Oxford, said: “Mindfulness is a form of ‘mind exercise’ as it’s a way that we can improve our mental health.
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“Just as brushing your teeth or going for a run are well known ways of protecting general physical health, mindfulness exercises develop mental fitness and resilience.
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“What this project is trying to establish is whether teaching teenagers mindfulness techniques can improve their attention and resilience, two key skills for maintaining good mental health.”
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Some schools are already using the techniques, and supporters of the practice believe rolling it out to more pupils could have a dramatic impact on the mental health of young people.
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Teenagers are seen as particularly vulnerable because 75% of mental disorders begin before the age of 24, with half developing by the age of 15.
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Paula Kearney, a geography teacher at the UCL Academy in Swiss Cottage, London, who has given mindfulness training to her students, said: “I find that mindfulness techniques are used by different students in different ways, for example some might prefer breathing techniques, whereas others find visualising thoughts more helpful.
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“Mindfulness gives my students specific skills and tools which they can use if they want to, it’s not about making them advanced practitioners or making time for mindfulness compulsory.”
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Starting next year, the £6.4m research programme will be carried out by teams at the University of Oxford, UCL (University College London) and Cambridge University, in collaboration with the University of Exeter, over seven years.
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2 responses to this post.

  1. This sounds great, as it may benefit these children all their lives. A program to teach meditation and yoga to elementary school kids met with fierce resistance in California. (Also in India) Seems there can be a lot of resistance to change, even when we know it’s for our betterment. I hope this program bears fruit.
    Vincent

  2. Meditation since young is great. The faster we start, the faster we are able to detach upcoming problems. They will become immune to ego. 🙂

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