This section includes motivational quotes and links to information on healthy interpersonal relationships, mindfulness, positive coping strategies, and self-care.
Mindfulness means to pay attention in a particular way, “on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgment.”
Research shows many benefits to mindfulness practice. It can help us to reduce levels of anxiety, improve our social relationships and sense of well being, and it can be a life-saver in moments of acute stress and feelings of despair.
While the benefits of mindfulness for adults have been recognized for a longer period of time, the benefits of mindfulness for children and adolescents are now being recognized.
Mindfulness is both a practice and a state of being, so it can be practiced at any time. Here is a list of resources that can help you explore the wonderful world of mindfulness:
A collaborative association of organizations and individuals working together to provide support for mindfulness training as a component of K-12 education.
UK-based website that includes general information, a stress test, and online mindfulness course.
MGH’s Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine.
Website that offers trainings for professionals in all disciplines, in mindfulness and building authentic relationships with adolescents.
This organization’s vision is to build a mindfulness-based educational system that produces powerful, just, selfless leaders.
Based at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, this center is dedicated to integrating mindfulness-based approaches in mainstream medicine and health care.
Inspired by the Dalai Lama, and operating in a non-sectarian framework, this center has as its mission “to educate the hearts of children by informing, inspiring and engaging the communities around them.”
Toolkit for youth and families, with practical information on healthy sleeping, eating, exercise, and stress management.
Contains a lot of information and resources on mindfulness for youths.
Resources related to Patricia Broderick’s Learning to Breathe mindfulness curriculum and book.
Mindfulness resources from Dr. Amy Saltzman for parents, teens, teachers, and service providers.
“Call to Care aims to address the limited attention in our educational systems for cultivating care and compassion—what we might call the forgotten heart of education.”
A bimonthly magazine available in print and digital editions. The website features many informative articles and videos.
This organization has as its mission to “lead the integration of mindfulness into education,” through training courses and research.
Outstanding website that provides information, tools, and resources to help you get started in the practice of mindfulness.
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.”
This organization provides “educational programs in mindfulness-based social and emotional learning that help individuals to flourish socially, emotionally, academically and professionally.”
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.
Great resource to find more about meditation for kids and teens.
Inspired by the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Watch the film, “Happy Teachers Will Change the World,” about “teachers learning mindfulness, true transformation and happiness.”