Master Class in Mental Health
Recently I had the opportunity to design and deliver a 90 minute workshop for the Committed to Childcare Conferences, titled “Master Class in Mental Health ” held at the awe inspiring Harbour View Function Centre, Newcastle. www.committedtochildcareconferences.com
My input was from the perspective of Positive Education Practitioner, mindfulness teacher & Accredited Exercise Physiologist. I discussed the evolution of Positive Education, the ‘priming for positivity’ and the leaning and teaching of mindfulness.
In every keynote, workshop or program I facilitate I am always on the look out to engage, educate and empower.
A focus on transformation not just instruction is a key outcome I set for myself as a facilitator. Please see below some of the key messages (information) I used during the workshop.
- Why do we need mindfulness?
- THE WHO projects depression will become one of the leading health problems worldwide.
- Around 1/7 primary school children and 1/4 secondary school aged children have mental health problems.
- More than 75% of mental illnesses emerge during teenage years and young adult years and earlier onsets are associated with worse outcomes. www.smilingmind.com.au
- What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of focusing attention on the experience of the current moment with an attitude of non-judgemental acceptance and curiosity (www.smilingmind.com.au)
- A Systematic, Evidenced-Based Review of the effect of Meditation Interventions in Schools. Spoken by Lea Waters, PhD and scribe by Andrea Downie, MAPP https://youtu.be/EmPT_8GAJAc
- Benefits of mindfulness
- Mindfulness can contribute directly to the development of cognitive and performance skills and executive function.
- Mindfulness has beneficial effects on emotional wellbeing, mental health, ability to learn, social and emotional learning and physical health. www.mindfulnessinschool.org
- Mindfulness resources