Mindfulness and meditation is a skill that is used throughout one’s life on a daily basis. Now children in schools in England are being taught mindfulness, breathing and relaxation exercises in an effort to teach children about the importance of looking after their mental health.
Around 370 schools in England are taking part in the programme where primary and secondary school children will learn a variety of mindfulness exercises, in addition to learning about how to create supportive networks for their peers.
In secondary schools, students will also take part in short information sessions either with a specialist instructor or trained teachers.
The mental health trial, which is one of the largest of its kind in the world, will run in the schools until 2021. It is being led by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in partnership with University College London.
According to research by University College London, teenage girls are twice as likely than teenage boys to exhibit symptoms of depression due to social media.
The UK government hopes the two-year scheme will provide useful information regarding what mental health practises can benefit students in schools.
Schools around the world are increasingly looking towards mindfulness and meditation to assist school children in relaxation as well as to relieve behavioural issues.
In 2016, a school in Baltimore decided to replace detention for an area where the children could go to an practice some breathing and stretching exercises instead. This is a way to keep the students calmer in order to increase their focus within the classroom.
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