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Mindfulness classes trialled in secondary schools.

A 'MAJOR TRIAL' TO ASSESS THE EFFECT of mindfulness on teenagers has been launched by the Wellcome Trust.

The study will investigate the most effective way to train teachers to deliver mindfulness classes and how mindfulness improves the 'mental resilience' of teenagers.

The 6.4m [pounds sterling] research programme is being carried out by the University of Oxford, University College London and the Medical Research Council.

Mindfulness is a form of meditation that is thought to bring about long-term changes in levels of happiness and wellbeing.

The study will involve almost 6,000 pupils in 76 schools in the UK.

More than 10 per cent of children aged 11-16 has a mental disorder, according to the Office for National Statistics. One in ten children aged between five and 16 have a mental disorder, data has shown.

The trial is expected to begin in late 2016 and will run for five years, which includes a two year follow up period for each student.

Professor Willem Kuyken, from the University of Oxford said mindfulness was a form of 'mind exercise'.

He said: 'Just as brushing your teeth or going for a run are well known ways of protecting general physical health, mindfulness exercises develop mental fitness and resilience.'

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