Master Class in Mental Health

Posted by James Cummins
Categories: Character Strength - Connect - Purveyor of Positivity - Mindfulness - wellbeing - positive education - smiling mind - + positive education - + education

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.

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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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 (
  • A Systematic, Evidenced-Based Review of the effect of Meditation Interventions in Schools.  Spoken by Lea Waters, PhD and scribe by Andrea Downie, MAPP
  1. 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.
  1. Mindfulness resources

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