We are dedicated to participating in the contribution of research that advances our understanding of the impacts of mindfulness on the quality of life across communities. We partner with respected institutions implement both quantitative and qualitative assessments. We also evaluate our training methods to objectively determine our efficacy.
Be Mindful and CU Denver conducted a study on the impacts of a 10-week mindfulness intervention on 4th grade students in a Denver public school serving a low-income community.
Participants scored 600% higher on pro-social behavior, 250% higher on emotional regulation, and 550% higher on academic achievement than those who did not attend mindfulness training.
In addition, 100% of the students anonymously reported that they enjoyed the class, benefited from the practice, had a desire to continue and shared the belief that all other students should learn mindfulness.
The teacher reported an increase of 11-20 minutes of teaching time.
In partnership with Urban Peak Youth Homeless Center and Dr. Scott Harpin from the University of Colorado School of Nursing, we conducted a qualitative study on the impact a 4-week mindfulness intervention program has on homeless youth struggling with drug addiction and mental illness. The preliminary results of the study show promising effects, particularly with sleep and anger management.
Be Mindful and our partners City and County of Denver 911 Emergency Communications Center, The National Police Foundation, and Eastern Virginia Medical School are evaluating a qualitative and quantitative study on the impacts of mindfulness instruction for first responders.
Karen Amendola, Ph.D., is the lead researcher for the Police Foundation.
Charles Freligh is leading the research team at EVMS.
Be Mindful has helped corporate leaders and managers at the discover the benefits of mindfulness programing through formal research studies.
Contact us to find out how we can help you team up with effective academic research partners to formally evaluate if our mindfulness programs are right for your company, and contribute the the constantly growing field of mindfulness research.
Research from the Field
The Mindfulness Knowledge Base
First Responders PTSD and Suicide
In 2015, Career Cast reported the most stressful job was Firefighter. According to the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA), 104 firefighters in the United States committed suicide in 2014. Even more shocking, the suicide numbers came from just 25 percent of fire departments nationwide willing to share the difficult statistic.
Recent research indicates that 1/3 of active-duty and retired officers suffer from post-traumatic stress; but most don't even realize it. Law enforcement officers are also at a much higher rate of developing a cumulative form of PTSD related to their exposure to multiple traumatic events. For every police suicide, almost 1,000 officers continue to work while suffering the symptoms of PTSD.
The full year study (2012) showed:
Average age of officers dying by suicide was 42
Average time on the job for officers dying by suicide was 16 years
15% – 18% (150,000) of officers suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress
91% of suicides were by male officers
63% of officers dying by suicide were single
11% of officers dying by suicide were military veterans
Firearms were used in 91.5% of police suicides
In 83% of the police officer suicides, personal problems appear prevalent prior to the suicide
11% of the police officers dying by suicide had legal problems pending
Effects of Mindfulness on Psychological Health: A Review of Empirical Studies
"... mindfulness brings about various positive psychological effects, including increased subjective well-being, reduced psychological symptoms and emotional reactivity, and improved behavioral regulation."