Mindfulness for Teens Programme
for ages 12-17
Mindful Presence Programme for Teens is a programme offering practical tips and strategies for dealing with a variety of mental health issues and life changes Teens face such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, bullying and self esteem problems.
Research has shown that young people who learn healthy coping skills early are better able to navigate problems later in life with the ability of bouncing back when faced with challenges. Let’s face it…being a teenager is not easy! Both your body and brain are constantly changing and these changes can sometimes make life stressful.
The good news is there are tools that you can learn that will help you navigate life’s dramas be it at home or in school. This programme will focus on how simple mindfulness breathing techniques can help to pause, slow down and reflect on any situation enabling you stay calm and respond wisely.
The brain is susceptible to negative and stressful environments and that might be one reason why we see an increase in the development of mental illnesses in early adolescence. But the brain is also susceptible to interventions which improve resilience, which we are hoping includes mindfulness. In doing [participation in mindfulness] that they become more compassionate and understanding and develop better friendships.Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
Did you know?
50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24
Rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70% in the past 25 years
One in four British girls hit by depression at 14 as experts blame increase in cyber bullying
Dramatic increase in number of children and young people turning up to A&E with a psychiatric condition has more than doubled since 2009
20% adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year
10% of children and young people (aged 5-16) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.
Benefits for your Teen
- Manage exam anxiety
- Able to handle day to day stress more effectively
- Improved communication skills leading to better relationships with friends and family
- Use techniques to deal with negative thoughts, memories , worries and regrets
- Better concentration and focus
- Ability to think more rationally
- Develop a respond rather than react nature by seeing situations in a clearer way
- Become a more compassionate person to oneself and to others
Structure of Lessons
Lessons will include understanding the link between the stress and the brain; stepping back from situation and reflect to make better decisions. Some examples of lessons: ‘Managing strong emotions’ session to ‘Learning Optimism and Gratitude’.
Lessons will be taught through different mindfulness practices:
- Breathing techniques
- Mindfulness body scan
By the end of the programme teens should be well equipped with a ‘toolbox’ of techniques to help them navigate high school, university and beyond!
Lessons may also be taught as part of PSHE curriculum, or on a one to one basis.
For the full curriculum, please do not hesitate to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org