Grants Program 2017 – Smiling Mind

Program Disadvantaged Children
Organisation Smiling Mind
Project Mindfulness in education: Developing evidence-based guidelines to support school leaders and teachers to implement mindfulness in their schools
Amount $53,600
Date April 2017

Data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the National Mental Health Commission indicates that one in four secondary school students, and one in seven primary school students, are diagnosed with a mental illness.

The use of mindfulness within the education sector is growing. Many schools are now starting to see the benefit of taking a positive, preventative approach to mental health and wellbeing and the foundation skills these approaches provide to children as they grow and develop. The research literature examining the effectiveness of mindfulness in the school setting is also growing and there are many different approaches to the implementation of mindfulness programs.

With this mounting evidence, there is a need to provide practical, evidence-based guidelines that will support teachers and the school leaders to make informed decisions about how to implement mindfulness programs into their schools. Smiling Mind will develop a set of evidence based guidelines for teachers to use as a guide for incorporating mindfulness into the classroom. This will include a review the different ways that mindfulness can be integrated into the learning environment, including whole of school and targeted approaches to address specific issues.