The Oxford Mindfulness Centre, at the University of Oxford, has launched its Mindfulness and Resilience in Adolescence (MYRIAD) project. The Wellcome Trust Strategic Award will ask whether mindfulness training for teenagers can improve their mental health and resilience.
The three-part study includes a large randomised control trail of mindfulness training compared with ‘teaching as usual’ in 76 schools, which will involve nearly six thousand students aged 11 to 14. Other parts of the study are a programme of experimental research to establish whether and how mindfulness improves the mental resilience of teenagers, and an evaluation of how best to train teachers to deliver mindfulness classes to students.
The £6.4 million research programme will be carried out by teams at the University of Oxford, UCL (University College London) and the University of Cambridge MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, in collaboration with King’s College London and the University of Exeter over seven years and will demonstrate the effectiveness of Mindfulness in Schools.