Mental health promotion for young people – the case for yoga in schools

Hartley, J. E.K. and Henderson, M. (2018) Mental health promotion for young people – the case for yoga in schools. Education in the North, 25(3), pp. 139-147. (PMID:33071443) (PMCID:PMC7116193)

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Abstract

Background: Mental wellbeing among young people is deteriorating. Poor mental wellbeing can be related to unmanaged stress. Adverse Childhood Experiences are widespread and result in young people having stressful lives. Stress has many manifestations, and coping with it can lead to risky health-related behaviours. Main body: A safe, scientifically-supported, efficient and effective set of stress-reduction skills is provided by the practice of yoga. At present, yoga is available privately, not publicly. After appropriately designed and evaluated interventions, the public provision of yoga could be integrated within the school curriculum, thereby reducing the high prevalence of prescription medication and offering a preventative strategy to promote positive mental health among young people. Short conclusion: We suggest that the long-term benefits of an investment in a curriculum-embedded school-based yoga programme would do much to reduce stress both now for future generations.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Henderson, Prof Marion
Authors: Hartley, J. E.K., and Henderson, M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Education in the North
Publisher:University of Aberdeen
ISSN:2398-0184
ISSN (Online):2398-0184
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 University of Aberdeen, School of Education
First Published:First published in Education in the North 25(3): 139-147
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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727641SPHSU Core Renewal: Setting and Health Improvement Research ProgrammeKathryn HuntMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/12IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU