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7:15pm 4 October 2011 Permalink
I am increasingly interested in mental health in young people. At my schoool we teach 'Emotions for Learning' (E4L) to 4-6 year olds, followed by 'Philosophy' for the next two years. We are now looking to teach Mindfulness to the older (11-13 year olds). This is a project that is working very well in schools at present. Have a look at http://mindfulnessinschools.org/ to find out a bit more.
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9:15am 5 October 2011 Permalink
Thanks for this link, David - very interesting. Good to see that novelist Tim Parks (whose new book looks fascinating - I was just reading a review of it) will be speaking at the Mindfulness in Schools conference.
I think the mental health and wellbeing of young people is finally getting the attention it deserves. For many years, the lack of trained child and adolescent mental health professionals, especially psychotherapists, was a scandal, but the last government put some resources into training - I do hope this doesn't get cut.
I find the Young Minds website a great place to keep up to date with developments in the field. In the past, i had some contact with the Child Psychotherapy Trust - but I don't think they are still going....?
6:57pm 5 October 2011 (Edited 7:30pm 6 October 2011)
I attended the Mindfulness conference at Tonbridge School last week and Tim Parkes was a speaker, i bought his book ('Teach us to sit still') as he was fascinating with a great story to tell. I have also bought a book called 'Mindfulness-finding peace in a frantic world' by Mark Williams and Danny Penman, the former also spoke at the conference and if his practical guide is anywhere near as good as his speaking, it will be worth the money.
At the conference several youngsters , mostly from State schools, spoke to delegates about their experiences of using Mindfulness in their lives, they were hugely impressive young people who were not afraid to talk about the emotional sides of their lives, something us British often would rather not do, hence i suspect our pretty awful standing in the world happiness rankings!
12:19pm 9 November 2011 Permalink
Thanks for the link; it was very informative, personally and
for the course. I, too, am interested in
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Issues of mental health are still very much taboo. The prevalent attitude is to ignore, hoping
that it will make it go away. This was the
case with a friend, who enquired at her daughter’s school on two occasions to
have someone come into the school to give a talk to parents about
self-harming. In so many words, the
response was that the school is reluctant to do so because of the fear of
giving the impression that the school itself has a problem, therefore implying that
the school’s image is paramount to the wellbeing of their students. It is unfortunate as there are so many young
people that suffer in silence from mental health issues because they are too
embarrassed to get help.
6:39pm 27 November 2011 Permalink
as a safeguarding social worker I regularly come across young people who are struggling with their emotional and mental health, and of course I also see the effect this has on them as well as their families and more extended networks. Sadly by the time they come to our attention because of their 'issues' the need for service imput is great, and that service is not (in my experience) there for them. If children are receiving support and imput in schools to encourage them to be more emotionally open with others as well as themselves, then I am sure this will have a positive influence on them as they move into adolescence and adulthood. this can only be a good thing - keep up the good work david. I will look at the books you mentioned and see if I can use any of the information in my practice, given other specialist services appear to fail so many of our young children when they are in crisis.
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