The preliminary outcomes of mindfulness and mental health interventions across Deis and Non Deis schools

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Byrne, Michelle
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The purpose of this research is to investigate the effectiveness of a Mindfulness and Mental Health intervention for adolescents aged 15 to 18 years, across co-educationally disad-vantaged schools as outlined by the department of education in Ireland, one being a Deis school, and one a Non-Deis school in the greater Dublin area. A mixed methodology experiment design was used to examine the differences between and within groups following a Mindfulness & Mental Health intervention. This examined the extent to which the interventions were attributable to increases measured in mindfulness aware-ness, accepting, describing, observing and decreases in stress, anxiety and depression levels across a co-educational sample of leaving cert students. Participation in the Mindfulness and Mental-Health interventions significantly lowered levels of stress and anxiety and increased levels of Mindfulness Awareness. These results sup-port existing research regarding engagement in regular Mindfulness practice and Mental Health discussions, having beneficial effects on individual’s wellbeing. Author keywords: Mindfulness, Mental-Health, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Adolescents