Mindfulness - resources
Mindfulness is a specialised skill in mental awareness, attention, and acceptance that is associated with numerous health benefits. Mindfulness training allows practitioners to develop a deeper understanding of the mind, and a more accepting and compassionate relationship to their internal and external experiences. It involves guided exercises, including meditation, to help individuals become aware of automatic patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving, and learn to respond in more effective ways.
This course is self-paced, but is designed to be completed within 2 months at most. It is best to do one lesson every week or two to allow time to practice the skills between lessons. The system won’t allow less than 5 or more than 25 days between lessons. Most people take 4-8 weeks to complete the course.
More details about this free course can be found here.
Websites and Organsiations
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, Healthy Living Toolkit
Toolkit for youth and families, with practical information on healthy sleeping, eating, exercise, and stress management.
Nurturing Mental Health at Home: How to Create a Space that Promotes Healing and Mindfulness NEW
A to create an optimal work and living space to manage mental health.
Big Life Journal
Big Life Journal provides engaging resources that help kids develop a growth and resilient mindset so they can face life’s challenges with confidence.
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, Mindfulness page
Check out the three-minute “Mindfulness: Youth Voices” video to learn more about mindfulness for youths, from youths themselves.
The Positive Psychology Program Mindfulness Resources
This website provides an extensive range of resources including books, blog posts and much more about mindfulness. It is worth a look.
Learning 2 Breathe
Resources related to Patricia Broderick’s Learning to Breathe mindfulness curriculum and book (see also “Books” section, above)
The Still Quiet Place
Mindfulness resources from Dr. Amy Saltzman for parents, teens, teachers, and service providers.
A bi-monthly magazine available in print and digital editions. The website features many informative articles and videos.
This organisation has as its mission to “lead the integration of mindfulness into education,” through training courses and research.
Mindfulness in Education Network
A network whose purpose is to “facilitate communication among all educators, parents, students and any others interested in promoting contemplative practice (mindfulness) in educational settings.”
A school-based curriculum that teaches social-emotional and mindfulness-based learning skills in the classroom.
Online trainings and resources for parents, professionals, and teens.
Wake Up Schools
Cultivating Mindfulness in Education. “A global vision to walk the path of compassion, peace and joy in education through the practice of mindfulness.”
Watch the film, “Happy Teachers Will Change the World,” about “teachers learning mindfulness, true transformation and happiness.”
These resources come from the Positive Psychology website:
Facebook: 'Like' The Mindful Teen on Facebook to receive regular inspirational quotes, poems, and articles to help you keep your mindfulness practice fresh and alive.
Twitter: Follow The Mindful Teen (@TheMindfulTeen) for mindful tweets.
Calm.com: Free website and mobile app with guided meditation and relaxation exercises
Insight Timer: Free mobile app with virtual “bells” to time and support your meditations
Smiling Mind: Free mobile mindfulness app for young people, from Australia
Headspace: “Meditation made simple.” This app has a free introductory period, after which it requires a paid subscription to continue to use.
Custom Writing created this great infographic and has also curated other great mindfulness resources.