New Zealand Research

New Zealand Research

Mindfulness in education

(2012). Auckland: Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.
Reflecting on the merits of mindfulness to enhancing our wellbeing, and the application of mindfulness in our education system.

An overview of mindfulness-based interventions and their evidence base

(2011). Auckland: Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.
Reflecting on the merits of mindfulness to enhancing our wellbeing, looking at mindfulness-based interventions.

An investigation into the health benefits of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for people living with a range of chronic physical illnesses in New Zealand

(2011, July). New Zealand Medical Journal,124(1338),68-75. Authors: Simpson, J., & Mapel, T.
To establish the efficacy of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for people with chronic health problems in managing symptoms and coping with their illness in an Aotearoa/New Zealand context. MBSR demonstrated health benefits for chronic illness sufferers. An economical and effective adjunctive therapy for decreasing morbidity associated with chronic illness in New Zealand, MBSR provides both clinicians and patients with an additional option for the better management of chronic illness.

The Role of Mindfulness and Pyschological Capital on the Wellbeing of Leaders

(2014, June 16). Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. Authors: Roche, M., Haar, J. M., & Luthans, F.

Mindful yoga as an adjunct treatment for forensic inpatients: a preliminary evaluation

(2015). The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology. Authors: Sistig, B., Hatters Friedman, S., McKenna, B., & Consedine, N.S.
Although emerging evidence of yoga interventions shows benefits for people with schizophrenia, research is lacking regarding yoga interventions among forensic patients. The study investigates the acceptability and effectiveness of an eight-week mindful yoga programme in improving psychological outcomes in 26 forensic patients.

Journey back into body and soul – An exploration of mindful yoga with psychosis

(2014) Psychosis. Authors: Sistig, B., Lambrecht, I., & Hatters Friedman, S.
Yoga is regarded in the West mainly as a physical activity. However increasing evidence supports yoga’s efficacy as an adjunct treatment for complex mental health issues. The study explores the suitability of an integrated mindful yoga programme in a mental health rehabilitation centre.

A study of the effects of mindfulness in five primary schools in New Zealand

(2014). Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and Auckland University of Technology. Authors: Rix, G. & Bernay, R.
This study investigates the effects of an eight-week mindfulness in schools programme delivered in five primary schools in New Zealand. The participants includes 126 students ranging in age from 6-11 years old and six classroom teachers.

An investigation into the provision of specific programmes to enhance student wellbeing and social skills, with a particular focus on Māori students

(2015) Southland. Author: Stevens, K.
The purpose of Kay Stevens’ sabbatical was to look at student wellbeing and investigate a relatively new to New Zealand programme (Mental Health Foundation’s Mindfulness in Schools) and a successful programme (Restorative Practices) to see what impact these programmes had on this. Kay also wanted to see how the Draft WellBeing Indicators aligned with, and supported, both of the programmes.

Mindfulness as a core strategy for promoting mental health and increasing positive (flourishing) states of wellbeing

(2014). Auckland. Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. Authors: Rix,G., Bernay, R., Devich, D.A.
The growing evidence for mindfulness practice shows significant benefits for health across multiple settings. The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is interested in promoting mindfulness in education, workplaces, and healthcare settings in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Pause, breathe, smile: a mixed-methods study of student well-being following participation in an eight-week, locally developed mindfulness program in three New Zealand schools

(2016). Auckland. Ross Bernay, Esther Graham, Daniel A Devcish, Grant Rix & Christine M Rubie-Davies. Changes in mindfulness were positively related to changes in wellbeing. The study results suggest the importance of offering mindfulness-based programmes for potential improvements in students’ wellbeing.

New Zealand Research on Mindfulness