- Mindfulness for Young Offenders -

We are currently engaged in a 2-year collaboration with the University of Glasgow, the Scottish Prison Service, and the Scottish Government to develop and evaluate a mindfulness intervention for young offenders. Michael Bready, Youth Mindfulness’ founder and director, is leading the creative development and delivery of the programme and a research team at the University of Glasgow are carrying out a qualitative and quantitative evaluation to assess the impact of the programme.

Although the work has only recently begun, the early feedback is very promising. Participants have noticed improvements in concentration, sleeping patterns, and self-control, as well as reductions in anxiety and agitation. Indeed, one participant described the mindfulness sessions as “brilliant, absolutely brilliant.” In this work, as in any mindfulness programme for young people, we have found that nourishing a strong intention and motivation for the participants to engage is of fundamental importance. The final results will be published in 2016/2017.