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To: ACARA: Australian Currilulum, Assessment and Reporting Authority
Protect young people from mental illness
Please introduce daily meditation practice into schools so that the students are able to deal with stress and trauma and increase their resilience to mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety.
Why is this important?
Research into regular meditation practice found increased grey-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion, introspection and can increase our well-being and quality of life.
Meditation has also been shown to be a very valuable tool in overcoming depression and anxiety.
The statistics show that in Australia the onset of mental illness is usually mid-to-late adolescence and that the highest prevalence of mental illness is between 18-24 years old. Suicide is the leading cause of death for people ages 15-24 years old.
The practice of meditation is free to do and would only take up 20 minutes of students time each morning. It requires no additional equipment or training as there are numerous free guided meditation resources available.
We also know that prevention is better than a cure. Therefore, we appeal to the ACARA to include a daily meditation practice in the National Curriculum so that the youth of today are armed with the tools they need to deal with stress and trauma and increase their resilience to mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety.
This will also positively impact the health care system which is currently unable to provide adequate care and support for the growing number of mental health cases each year.