Mindfulness for Youths At-Risk
Youth-At-Risk age 13 to 25
Besides normative developmental transitions, youths might also face challenges relating to family life (finance, divorce, occupations), pressures of school, academic performance, peer and couple relationships amongst others. To make matters worse, research shows that at-risk youths have additional challenges of poor psychosocial outcomes, maladaptive behaviours and lowered academic performance.
It is therefore a critical period of their lives and interventions are required to help them to have insight and learn coping skills in order to reduce the possible onset of cognitive, emotional, behavioural and social problems that could potentially persist till their adulthood stages. Studies have shown that mindfulness based programmes have a positive impact in reducing stress and improvements in physical, emotional, cognitive and psychosocial wellbeing. Mindfulness interventions for youths at-risk found promising results in a wide range of settings including homeless shelters, juvenile detention centres, outpatient clinics and schools.
This 12-18 week workshop aims to help students develop self-awareness, self-management and social awareness, learn to reduce stress in their lives, understand the importance of wholesomeness, deal with problems at home, notice the triggers of violence and conflicts; and resolve conflicts mindfullly amongst others.
Generic Benefits for Students
supports “readiness to learn”
promotes academic performance
strengthens attention and Self-Self-Calming
reduces anxiety before testing
promotes self-reflection and self-calming
improves classroom participation by supporting impulse control
provides tools to reduce stress
enhances social and emotional learning (SEL)
fosters pro-social behaviours and healthy relationships
supports holistic wellbeing
Additional Benefits for Youths at-Risk
a reduction in stress
reduction in rumination and intrusive thoughts
reduction in emotional arousal
changes in positive reframing
reduction of stress
improvement in wellbeing
reduction in depression and anxiety