Group VolanenThe Healthy Learning Mind
The Healthy Learning Mind is a health promotion project including a research and a development project. The aim of the project is to promote well-being, resilience, learning, self-compassion and happiness among students and school personnel in Finnish comprehensive schools.Link to the groups external website
The Healthy Learning Mind research project is a randomized controlled trial exploring the effectiveness of a mindfulness intervention on well-being, resilience, learning, self-compassion and happiness among 12-15 year old adolescents in the school context. Altogether 3519 students and their teachers and parents participated in the study during 2014-2016. Now the data is analysed and results are reported in articles.
The development project was conducted during 2016-2018 when we received a grant for health promotion from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. During the project we developed national mindfulness-based well-being programs for both students and school personnel and implemented the programs into Finnish comprehensive schools.
The aim was to provide schools with a concrete and cost-effective tool to promote well-being, learning and happiness among students and school personnel as well as enhance social climate and calmness in classrooms.
Salla-Maarit Volanen, PhD
Emilia Keijonen, M.Soc.Sc
Maarit Lassander, University of Helsinki
Marguerite Beattie, University of Helsinki
Marianne Holopainen, University of Helsinki
Beattie, M.M., Konttinen, H.M., Volanen, S-M., Knittle, K., & Hankonen. Social Cognitions and Mental Health as Predictors of Adolescents’ Mindfulness Practice. Mindfulness 11, 1204–1217 (2020).
Volanen S-M., Lassander M., Hankonen N., Santalahti P., Hintsanen M., Simonsen N., Raevuori A., Mullola, S., Vahlberg T., But A. & Suominen S. (2019). Healthy Learning Mind - Effectiveness of a mindfulness program on mental health compared to a relaxation program and teaching as usual in schools: a cluster-randomised controlled trial. Journal of Affective Disorders, 2019, 260: 660-669.
Beattie M., Hankonen N., Salo G., Knittle K. & Volanen S-M. Applying behavioral theory to increase mindfulness practice among adolescents: an exploratory intervention study using within-trial RCT design. Mindfulness. 2019, 10:2, 312-324.
Volanen S-M., Lassander M., Hankonen N., Santalahti P., Hintsanen M., Simonsen N., Raevuori A., Mullola S., Vahlberg T., But, A. & Suominen S. Healthy Learning Mind - a school-based mindfulness and relaxation program: a study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. BMC Psychology, 2016, 4:35.
University of Helsinki
Juho Vainio Foundation
Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation
Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation
Mats Brommel’s Foundation
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Niilo Helander Foundation