In 2003 The Goldie Hawn Foundation launched MindUP, a highly acclaimed school-based framework that teaches children the critical knowledge and skills they need to strengthen their mental health and emotional well-being through increased self-awareness, self-regulation and social and emotional competencies.
At the core is a 15-lesson curriculum based firmly in neuroscience, that teaches students from 3 to 14 the skills and knowledge they need to regulate their stress and emotions, form positive relationships, and act with kindness and compassion.
Today, with offices based in the UK, US and Canada, MindUP is one of the most researched and evidence-based global programmes impacting children’s mental health.
All children in the world are our most precious resource for a happier, healthier tomorrow. They deserve all we can give them to thrive and succeed in this sometimes challenging world. After 9/11, like you, I was shaken to my core, as it seemed the world had changed in an instant. My heart went to our youth, who were already showing signs of silent distress with symptoms of anxiety, depression, aggression and even child suicide. It was unimaginable that our little ones were suffering mental disturbances and being robbed of their joyful childhoods.
I had a call to action to create a program that would help kids learn how to self regulate their emotions, become more resilient and learn about how their brain works to give them a road map out of despair and into a more positive mindset. Combining the brilliance of neuroscientists, teachers, positive psychologists and experts in mindfulness, my dream for kids came true, with the creation of our program MindUP. I am happy to say that 6 millions children have been taught MindUP in schools around the world and growing.
Life can have many chapters and I can say this may be the greatest of my life. To see our children use these tools in their lives brings tears of joy to my eyes. Sharing what we are grateful for is one of our MindUP lessons so I would like to share my gratitude for all of you who have supported us along the way in helping our youth grow to be happy, healthy, productive adults.
Founder, The Goldie Hawn Foundation
We want all children to learn the tools and knowledge they need to thrive, live compassionately and be happy.
We want every teacher in every school to be trained in MindUP and we want every home to experience the peace and joy that MindUP brings.
Director of Research and Curriculum
Professor | Director, Human Early Learning Partnership at The University of British Columbia
Bennett Pierce Professor of Care, Compassion and Human Development at Penn State University
Associate Professor | Director, Applied Developmental Psychology at Fordham University