This workshop will explore what mindfulness is, dispel some myths, and offer some first-hand practice that participants may find helpful in reducing stress and increasing focus in their own lives. It will explore the evidence for the general usefulness of mindfulness with young people and those who work with and care for them, promoting wellbeing, reducing mental health problems, and enhancing student learning and staff teaching skills. It will provide a thumbnail on how mindfulness is currently developing in education, youth care, the health and therapeutic services.
In relation to the theme of this particular conference, it will also explore how mindfulness is a core skill in a digital age, cultivating our attention and focus, resisting task switching and impulsivity, staying present, empathic and connected with the real world. It can help counteracting the dangers of anonymity, help address the stress and mental health issues made worse by the overuse of social media such as self harm, depression, and anxiety, through reducing comparative mind, negative rumination, isolation, and fantasising. It will also explore how we can use digital media to cultivate mindfulness – with a brief look at some apps, animations, on line courses etc.