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The Myriad Study, originating from the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, is profiled in a new series, guest curated by the Duchess of Cambridge, that centres around children and mental and emotional health.

On 17 February 2016, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, guest-edited The Huffington Post to launch Young Minds Matter. 

This is an extract from an article on Mindfulness in Schools, published as part of that series, written by Poorna Bell:

'...Since most mental health issues in adults first emerge when they are children, could mindfulness be used – as well as other tools – to help bolster children’s coping mechanisms, how they relate to each other and, in turn, how they relate to themselves?

As emeritus professor of clinical psychology at the University of Oxford and director of the pioneering Oxford Mindfulness Centre until his retirement in 2013, Dr Williams has been at the forefront of research into its potential.

Read more (Department of Psychiatry website)

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