Starts in January 2018, watch this space. Places will be limited.
Mindful Nation UK Launched in Parliament, 20th October 2015:
"We need to take prevention strategies seriously if we are to reduce the burden of mental ill health, and encourage the flourishing and wellbeing of a healthy nation. Mindfulness is one of the most promising prevention strategies."
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, one of three ministers at the launch, supported the creation of an education policy that acknowledged the long term importance of well-being. She said: "I want to make it very clear that of course academic achievement is important, but so too is turning out well-balanced young people who are able to fulfil all of their potential. I'm not just on this stage [saying this] as Secretary for Education, but also as a mother and also somebody who has had family experience of mental ill health. It's really a no brainer for me."
The All-Party Group’s recommendations are practical, based on a summary of existing evidence for mindfulness:
In Health, it recommends expanding the opportunity for people who experience recurrent depression to take a course of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), as well as funding the training of competent teachers to deliver those courses.
In Education, it recommends designating schools to pioneer the further development of mindfulness training for teachers and young people.
In the Workplace, it urges government departments to take a lead by training their own staff in mindfulness, and encouraging examples of best practice and quality research.