Large study of youth mental health is set to launch in British schools

Approximately 370 British schools are set to introduce mindfulness into their curriculums as part of a larger research study into youth mental health.

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The program hopes to assist schools and students in becoming familiar with topics surrounding mental health.  It aims to reduce the tendency to see intervention as the only solution, as well as teach long-term behaviours to assist in maintaining good mental health throughout both their schooling and later life.

The move comes as part of a study that aims to improve the mental health of young Brits after National Health Service research showed that levels of mental health issues had risen since 1999.

The trial is part of the largest study conducted in this area and will run until 2021.

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  • Students will be educated in ways to regulate emotions through the practice of breathing exercises and relaxation techniques among others.
  • In 2017, a National Health Service survey found that one in eight children between the ages of 5 and 19 suffered from mental health issues.
  • Depression and anxiety were named the most common disorders, with higher rates of occurence  in young females.
  • Students will be exposed to mindfulness education from the beginning of their primary education.
  • Both social media and high-pressure exams were identified as impacting student’s mental health.
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