Mindfulness in schools: MYRIAD trial findings offer limited support for school based mindfulness training

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Lucinda Powell reports on the findings of the huge MYRIAD (My Resilience in Adolescence) project, which looked at the effectiveness of school based mindfulness training across more than 100 UK schools.

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School based humanistic counselling: a little better than pastoral care, but more expensive

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In her debut blog, Annie Stevenson reports on an RCT finding that school-based humanistic counselling reduces psychological distress, but is not cost-effective.

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Should schools use peer mentoring for mental health? New review highlights how little we know

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Lucinda Powell summarises a review which finds little evidence to support the use of peer mentoring in schools to improve mental wellbeing.

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School connectedness, anxiety and depression: recent evidence and young people’s perspectives #ActiveIngredientsMH

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In their debut blog, Monika Raniti and Divyangana Rakesh explore the relationship between school connectedness, anxiety and depression in young people.

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What impact do secondary schools have on the mental health of young people?

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In his debut blog, Chris Fielding reviews a study which uses baseline data from the MYRIAD study, and concludes that the “direct influence of schools on mental health seems to be small”.

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School-based mental health interventions: reducing depression, anxiety and aggressive behaviour

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In their debut blog, Rasanat Fatima Nawaz and Lauren Cross summarise a comprehensive review from the Early Intervention Foundation on school-based mental health interventions.

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Can we teach schools how to improve care for young people who self-harm? #CAMHScampfire

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Douglas Badenoch appraises and summarises a recent systematic review of experimental studies, which looks at whether school staff training can improve responses to pupils who self-harm.

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Overcoming barriers: why adolescents don’t seek mental health support

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Emma Ashworth summarises a recent systematic review on the barriers that children and adolescents face in seeking help for their mental health problems.

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Targeted school-based interventions for adolescents with depression and anxiety

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Rachel Symons summarises a practitioner review looking at the effectiveness of indicated school‐based interventions for adolescents, which finds a positive impact on both depression and anxiety, but little evidence of long-term benefit.

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A whole-school approach to enhance social, emotional and behavioural development

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Julia Badger summarises a review on the effectiveness of interventions adopting a whole-school approach to enhancing social and emotional development. She finds that the evidence supports this approach, but implementing it in schools is not always straightforward.

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