Mandate Student Meditation in Schools: Ease Stress, Depression and Pain. Save Lives!

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Teachers have become counselors due to the overwhelming emotional situations that students face today. The recent school shootings and incidents of students committing suicide are indicative of students inabilities to cope. Students have become overwhelmed by personal, family and society issues. There has been evidence that because of overwhelming issues and a lack of guidance and mental and emotional support, many have lost control and taken other's lives as well as their own.

In a trial study, an elementary school in Richmond, California, incorporated a mindfulness-based curriculum in the classroom. Students took part in this training for five weeks with their behavior tracked pre- and post-course. At the end of the mindfulness training, teachers reported that students improved in all areas—paying attention, self-control, participation, and respect for others. As this study indicates, a mindfulness program has the potential to result in marked improvement in student

Mindfulness or meditation skills give an individual insight on themselves. It improves a wide range of willpower skills, including attention, focus, stress management, impulse control and self-awareness. It changes both the function and structure of the brain to support self-control.

Meditation or mindfulness classes should be mandated as part of students' everyday class schedules to help them cope with personal, family and societal issues and ultimately decrease tragic incidents that destroy individuals, families, and communities.