2015 - A £42 Billion Annual Saving with the Kingston Wellbeing and Mindfulness Approach

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The Mindfulness Foundation commends the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames on its forward thinking and pro-active approach to devastating mental illnesses, some of the most significant public health problems facing the world in the 21st Century. For children to thrive and reduce the costs of mental health problems by £42 billion per year the next Government must adopt the Kingston approach to Wellbeing. http://www.mindfulnessfoundation.org.uk/cognitive/interventions/

The importance of this Mental Health and Wellbeing in Kingston report is highlighted by the Economist Event on Depression, with Kofu Annan, former UN Secretary General and Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP Minister of State for Care and Support, attended by over 160 global influencers, government ministers, private sector CEOs, academia, and healthcare professionals from 19 countries and 4 continents. See these excellent reflections from Chair of NICE, Professor David Haslam.

Some of the key messages from the November launch of the Annual Public Health Report 2014 for Kingston upon Thames by Dr Jonathan Hildebrand, Kingston's Director of Public Health "As with many Public Health issues, intervening early in childhood can have lifelong positive effects:"

  • Mental illnesses make up nearly a quarter of the total burden of ill health. They affect one in four people each year, and one in six people at any point in time.
  • The stigma around mental illness causes a great deal of distress, can stop people seeking treatment, may impede recovery and affect someone’s chances of being in work. Action must be taken to eliminate stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness.
  • Intervening effectively when children and adolescents are starting to develop mental health problems could prevent between a quarter and a half of adult mental illness so these interventions should be prioritised.


What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is training in concentration and self-awareness that has been shown to support top performance and good mental health. Mindfulness is a form of mental training that develops sustained attention.and is enhancing human potential and preventing depression by combining modern science with ancient wisdom.

Mindfulness Evidence Base and Research
These Research links are focused on Mindfulness in Education and Schools. We are aware that there are hundreds more studies that have taken place and more starting all the time on other aspects but please visit the following link for an annotated bibliography of mindfulness studies on:

  • Mindfulness in Education Research Highlights
  • Mindfulness and Students
  • Mindfulness and Teachers
  • Mindfulness and Administrators


The Mindfulness Foundation
Being aware of the impact of mindfulness on individual and collective wellbeing, performance and peace the Mindfulness Foundation elects to focus on ‘Mindfulness in Schools’ and make Mindfulness Meditation available to all UK School children by 2022. Our aim is to give children access to mindfulness by raising the profile of mindfulness through better understanding and practice of mindfulness amongst stakeholders in the education sector: Children, Parents, Teachers, School governors, Teacher Training Centers, Education Leaders, Councils, Government departments and Policy Makers.

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