BellyPhants Innovation Voucher

  This project takes a new approach to teaching Mindful-breathing techniques to children aged 4-9.
Diagnosis of anxiety, stress, depression and ADHD in children has seen a significant increase over the last decade. The increase in demand for ADHD drug Ritalin has risen 50% in the last 5 years and the charity helpline – Childline - recorded a 35 per cent increase in calls for help related to anxiety over the last year.
Also, NHS reports show that 70% of children who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a young age.
The challenge is, how do we engage children with an adult concept? How do we make Mindfulness a fun and engaging activity that leads to positive habit formation at a young age?
Intended outcomes and impact: Give children the tools to deal with emotions early in life, so later in life, mindfulness and breath awareness are second nature. Make mindfulness fun and engaging.

  • Start Date:

    1 July 2017

  • End Date:

    31 October 2017

  • Activity Type:

    Research

  • Funder:

    Scottish Funding Council

  • Value:

    £4934

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