Children’s Mental Health Week: In the News: could meditation pods in schools make a difference?

A primary school in Essex has installed an ‘anti-stress’ pod to help improve mental wellbeing. Longwood Primary Academy in Harlow is among the first schools to offer meditation breaks of 15 to 30 minutes for the students.
 
Last year, NHS figures showed that almost 400,000 children and young people in England are treated for mental health problems, and that the numbers looking for help for anxiety, depression and eating disorders were rising sharply.
 
It seems schools are taking note. Some have already introduced mindfulness classes, and if meditation pods like the one at Longwood catch on, there could soon be places children can go during the school day for a bit of quiet time. The pod, installed for a trial period, has a selection of soothing tracks to listen to, and the wooden slats to ensure kids don’t feel claustrophobic.
 

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