A mindfulness-based intervention to increase resilience to stress in university students

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Published today by a research team at Cambridge University is a promising report of the beneficial effects of Mindfulness on University Students during exam time.

Up until now, there has been a lack of thorough research made available on the beneficial effects of Mindfulness within the education sector, so this publication provides us with further encouragement that this training is essential for students to have access to.

Here is the positive conclusion from the pragmatic randomised controlled trial which offered 616 students an eight-week mindfulness course.

In conclusion, our study suggests that offering openly accessible mindfulness interventions aimed at the well student population, separate from specific mental health services, is a useful addition to robust clinical interventions delivered by university counselling services. The eight-week mindfulness course adapted for university students tested in this trial is an acceptable, feasible, and effective component of wider student mental health strategies.

You can read the full report here.

Students can undergo great stress before, during and after exams.

This period is when teachers most often contact us for in-house training; be prepared for this stress by planning your mindfulness training for students earlier on in the year, so they can be fully mentally equipped to face both the internal and external challenges that will arise.

Apply for training here.

In conclusion, Prof. Peter Jones from the Cambridge Department of Psychiatry stated in relation to this research:

“The evidence is mounting that mindfulness training can help people cope with accumulative stress.”

Photo of Cambridge University by Steve Cadman from London, U.K. – Emmanuel College