End-of-year exams make for one of the most stressful times for students everywhere. But exam pressure is just one of many challenges facing young people in Australia today.
Research has shown mindfulness can decrease stress and anxiety, which can affect up to one in six young people.
Two Victorian schools that have introduced mindfulness programs are noticing major shifts in their culture.
Gillian Aeria and Kate Aubrey visited Geelong Grammar and Bentleigh Secondary College to see how students were taking to the initiative.
► Justin Robinson — Director, The Institute of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School
► Janis Coffey — Associate Director, The Institute of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School
► David Bott — Head of Positive Education, Geelong Grammar School
► Wayne Davis — Head of Wellbeing, Bentleigh Secondary College
► Vikki Elliot — Head of Food Technology and Year 11 VCE Health and Human Development teacher, Bentleigh Secondary College
► Dr Intha Chetty — Mindfulness Meditation Co-ordinator, Bentleigh Secondary College
► Katie Cling — Year 12 IB student, Geelong Grammar School
► Jimmy Sziller — Year 11 VCE student, Bentleigh Secondary College
► Madelyn Boustead — Year 11 VCE student, Bentleigh Secondary College