Group Volanen

The 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.

Read more

Group Leader

Salla-Maarit Volanen, PhD

Project coordinator

Emilia Keijonen, M.Soc.Sc 

PhD student

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 PracticeMindfulness 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 trialBMC Psychology, 2016, 4:35.

 

Samfundet Folkhälsan

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

Svenska Kulturfonden

Niilo Helander Foundation

Contact