Wednesday 20 September 2017

Teaching mindfulness in a tough world for children benefits us all

'Schools, once places where children went to learn and play, are now minefields of social media anxiety. Increasing numbers of children are suffering from mental health issues. Schools are desperately trying to figure out how to help their young students cope in the modern world'. (picture posed)
'Schools, once places where children went to learn and play, are now minefields of social media anxiety. Increasing numbers of children are suffering from mental health issues. Schools are desperately trying to figure out how to help their young students cope in the modern world'. (picture posed)
Sinead Moriarty

Sinead Moriarty

Schools, once places where children went to learn and play, are now minefields of social media anxiety. Increasing numbers of children are suffering from mental health issues. Schools are desperately trying to figure out how to help their young students cope in the modern world.

Even schools that are famous for encouraging a 'no-nonsense' and 'stiff upper-lip' approach to students are softening their outlook. Eton College, the famous English boarding school that has educated 19 prime ministers, is currently advertising for a clinical psychologist to deliver a "resilience programme" for its students.

Headmaster Simon Henderson says that young people need to build confidence and resilience to be able to manage themselves in a "fast-changing and challenging environment".

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