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Benefits of teaching mindfulness at school will be assessed

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 17 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3872
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Schools already teach children about the importance of regular exercise and a balanced diet in reducing the risk of physical health ill health, but now UK researchers plan to investigate whether a similar strategy can be used for mental illness. Researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust will assess whether mindfulness training at school improves mental health in teenagers.

Mindfulness training has been found to be effective at preventing relapse in depression in adults, and its use is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.1 The study will look at whether this training can improve attention and mental resilience in teenagers and, as a result, have a positive effect on their current and future mental health.

The teenage years are a …

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