According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, as many as “1.2 million Canadian children and youth are affected by mental illness”. Many of these children go undiagnosed and many have complex diagnoses that further complicate those issues relating to mental health. Furthermore, mental health issues lead to difficulties with academic success and impede social relationships at school.
Laurel Crossley, Founder of http://www.laurelcrossley.com, has spent years analyzing evidence-based research to locate the best ways to support children’s mental health including accessibility, services and location of the services. It became evident that schools and the corresponding school community was the first line of defense Laurel wanted to focus on.
Laurel has witnessed amazing results through her work using mindfulness and meditation to support children including but not limited to the following:
- Physiological Improvements: Better sleep (getting to sleep and staying asleep) resulting in better grades, improved energy levels and better eating
- Psycho-Social Improvements: Calm and empowered feelings resulting in improvements in making lasting friendships and “attracting”/participating in fewer bullying episodes, decreases in worry, fear and fewer panic attacks with a better ability to cope during perceived difficult, situations, improved resiliency and better able to self-regulate, improvements in confidence and self-esteem
- Academic Improvements: Better grades as a result of better focus, fewer instances of presentation, test or exam anxiety, improved study habits