New project being trialled in Welsh schools to combat stress in children

ITV reports that Gelong Thubten, a renowned Buddhist monk, and Jamie Watkins, a Welsh businessman, have developed a stress-busting app for kids to learn mindfulness.

Developed over the last 12 months, the Samten Junior App will present evidence from neuroscience, as well as inspiring talks and practical methods. It will also track the users progress, using technology to improve mental wellbeing.

Samten Junior will be trialled initially at two schools in Wales, Blaen-y-Cwm in Brynmawr and Ysgol Gymraeg Trelyn in Blackwood.

Liz Owen, the Headteacher at Ysgol Gymraeg Trelyn welcomes the app, saying it will provide children with the ‘tools to help them deal with anxiety and stress.’

Jamie says they are confident the junior programme will help children manage stress from a young age.

“Stress in children has risen to worrying levels, therefore the Samten Junior programme is designed to address the needs of children and young people specifically. If they can learn to manage stress from a young age we are confident that they will experience greater well-being in adulthood. Thubten has been widely engaged in education internationally. He believes that Samten Junior will also be a helpful tool to help teachers create a mindful environment in the classroom.”

Half of the proceeds will go to a mental health charity.

Read more New project being trialled in Welsh schools to combat stress in children

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