Mindfulness for Middle School
Why Mindfulness and Why Now?
NEED2 piloted the Mindfulness for Middle School program in the Spring of 2015. Since that time the program has reached over 2400 students and their teachers to the practice of mindfulness as a vehicle to expand mental health literacy in younger grades and provide youth-friendly tools to combat stress and anxiety.
The program is supported by research showing a link between mindfulness as a positive coping strategy for dealing with stress and anxiety; mindfulness is a gentle and accessible practice which enables students to become self-aware, notice what is, experience how stressful events can impact emotions and how the response to those emotions impact actions and behaviour. It also pairs with the Ministry of Education’s recent focus on social emotional learning.
Mindful and attuned facilitators can introduce these concepts in a fun, interactive and secular way, supporting the safety and learning of all students.
What students say about when they used Mindfulness:
“Mindfulness was a huge mind break for me and it helped a lot. I definitely recommend this to other students – happy student.” – Grade 6, Fernwood Elementary, Salt Spring
“I used mindfulness when my Mom and Dad had just separated and it really broke my heart.” – Grade 6, Arbutus Middle School
“When my brother took my stuff without my permission I almost flipped my lid but I used mindfulness and I talked to him. And he gave me my stuff back.” – Grade 6, Central Middle School
“I was wondering, have you done all the classes? I think you should!” – Grade 6, Royal Oak Middle School
1 Kimberley A. Schonert-Reichl, “Effectiveness of the Mindfulness Education (ME) Program: Research Summary, 2005-2008,” University of British Columbia (November 2008)