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Everybody Present: Exploring the Use of an In-Class Meditation Intervention to Promote Positive Mental Health Among University Students

Publication: Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health
12 June 2019


There is a growing mental health crisis among university students in Canada. The purpose of this pilot study was to explore the effect of an in-class mindfulness intervention on the mental health of undergraduate students. Cross-sectional design was used and data were collected using self-reported questionnaires that included scale-rated and open-ended questions (n = 435). Integrating open-ended themes with statistical findings, the final analysis suggests the intervention had a positive effect on the mental health of student participants. A classroom environment that fosters learning, builds community, and encourages compassion were identified as ways in which the intervention “works” to promote positive mental health.


Au Canada, les problèmes de santé mentale s’aggravent singulièrement chez les étudiants de niveau universitaire. Le but de cette étude pilote était d’explorer les effets sur la santé mentale des étudiants de premier cycle d’une intervention en classe basée sur la pleine conscience. Un plan transversal a été utilisé, et les données ont été recueillies à l’aide de questionnaires autorapportés comprenant des questions à échelle graduée et ouvertes (n = 435). En fin de compte, l’analyse intégrant des thématiques libres aux résultats statistiques laisse entendre que l’intervention a eu un effet positif sur la santé mentale des étudiants ayant participé à l’étude. Un milieu scolaire qui favorise l’apprentissage, renforce l’esprit de communauté et encourage la compassion a été identifié comme étant un moyen d’intervention « efficace » pour promouvoir le bien-être mental.

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cover image Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health
Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health
Volume 38Number 1January 2019
Pages: 9 - 21


Version of record online: 12 June 2019

Key Words

  1. mental health promotion
  2. mindfulness-based intervention (MBI)
  3. university students
  4. meditation


  1. promotion de la santé mentale
  2. intervention basée sur la pleine conscience (IBPC)
  3. étudiants de niveau universitaire
  4. méditation



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