Focus Day Training

Supporting Young People

Young people are at higher risk of developing mental health problems with increasing pressures of education and home life.

Teaching mindfulness can reduce to need for students to seek additional mental health support and report greater resilience in dealing with stress and pressure.(Lancet - The mindful Student Study 2017). Other studies show that 1 in 4 students describe themselves as having a mental health problem, with 47% finding day to day tasks difficult (YouGov). The arrival of COVID-19 is placing greater pressure on our young people, training them in the skills of mindfulness can give them the tools for managing day to day challenges.

Courses and support on offer:

6 Week Mindfulness Course Outline:

Each session consists of 1 formal mindfulness meditation practice, mini informal exercises and discussion around how the brain works in the form of simple psycho-education. It is important for a student to recognise how mindfulness and mental health  can work together to support wellbeing. Resources and audio recordings are provided for each student to enable practicing at home.

Weekly Topics

  1. How to approach and the attitude needed for mindfulness. 
  2. Improve focus, awareness and attention. 
  3. Engaging emotions, generate positive hormones that can calm the body and mind. 
  4. Opening up to others. Letting others go.
  5. Taking a step back and just watching. 
  6. Build resilience for rainy days, face your fears.

Learning Outcomes:


£20-£30/ student depending on class size and support needs


 Here are some examples of work carried out Pre COVID 19 with young people in Teesside.


Image result for stockton riverside"There are many challenges in Further Education but for students who have been mandated to continue subjects that they struggle with such as English and maths, a big challenge is to do with how this can make them feel. Students might have the ability but they needed tools to be able to take the fear of an exam situation away. With mindfulness sessions, students benefited from exploring techniques to calm their thoughts and as a result approach exams with less barriers. This resulted in learners meeting on the morning of GCSE exams to practice these techniques and support each other’s nerves. Furthermore, staff were able to explore mindfulness in a way that not only allowed them to better support students but also how they themselves could use mindfulness to support the challenges of their daily life. Staff involved have now taken this forward and incorporated activities into their daily routine. Very successful and worthwhile sessions for all involved."   Leanne Hill - Maths and English Co-ordinator SRC




'Jon came in to our school to deliver a mindfulness assembly and his interesting and knowledgeable delivery hooked the students. The year 11 students were able to practice and take away easy mindfulness techniques they can use as they navigate this important year leading up to GCSE exams.'

 Kelly Rose,  RNutr, Head of Health Education,Macmillan Academy



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'Jon worked at the college, over several weeks, to deliver a mindfulness programme to a group of students. The aim of the work was to reduce the anxiety that these students were experiencing in the lead up to exam season, and to encourage them to develop their own coping mechanisms and strategies using mindfulness techniques.

Many of the students who participated had a diagnosis of autism, and Jon used his skills and knowledge of mindfulness and working with young people with special educational needs to provide a programme which met their individual needs. At the end of the programme all students reported a decrease in their general anxiety, and many identified key mindfulness strategies which could be used in their day to day lives.'   Emma Cowley - Manager of Progression Studies