Mental health problems in CYP cause distress and have impacts on educational-attainment, social-relationships, and physical-health.
The statistics about children and young people's mental health and well-being clearly indicate the need for an early identification and intervention.
Studies revealed that well-conducted mindfulness interventions can improve the mental, emotional, social and physical health and well-being of CYP.
Mednet have co-created a mindfulness programme ‘We are mindful’, encompassing the creative drama-based mindfulness workshops, supported digitally by a web-based solution for pupils that can be accessed via desktops, laptops and mobile devices, comprising of a friendly, dynamic and interactive experience, to promote positive mental health and build resilience in CYP. The digital toolkit equips the school staff to identify emotional disorders in pupils using evidence-based screening tools. The digital solution allows interaction before and after the workshop, including consolidation of interactive mindfulness education, evidence-based rating scales and workshop evaluation. Our concept was originally co-designed in workshops and focus-groups with CYP, school-staff and registered mental-health-nurse. A qualitative-survey was also conducted in various schools. Feedback received was extremely positive, indicating a strong evidence of demand and potential. A video demonstration of our digital tool can be seen below.
This programme has been recently examined in pilots with Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 pupils in diverse primary schools, based in Leeds, Sunderland and London.
An evaluation with thematic analysis of the pilots clearly demonstrated positive impact of our mindfulness-programme, indicating an increase in level of mindfulness and distinctly identified the emotional-and-behavioural problems in pupils, grouped into: - emotional-difficulties, conduct-problems, hyperactivity, peer-relationship problems and prosocial-behaviour.