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Mindfulness sessions may seem benign, but office therapising could be harming us

City AM

Onward’s Head of New Deal for Parents Phoebe Arslanagić-Little warns that some mindfulness sessions might actually be making things worse.  She writes in City AM:

‘A paper published in 2022 set out to evaluate the effectiveness of school-based mindfulness training in improving mental health. With 8,000 British teenagers across 80 schools, the study compared those in classes that underwent a year-long programme called MYRIAD (standing for ‘My Resilience in Adolescence’) to those who did not. MYRIAD consisted of ten lessons across the year, focused on mindfulness and learning about mental health and wellbeing.

Astoundingly, after a year, the students in classes randomised to attend these harmless sounding lessons reported worse mental health, including anxiety. Their teachers were also more likely to report them as having emotional problems.’

Read the full article here.

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