Nov 4, 2022 – MELBOURNE – Vivi, the leading classroom communication and collaboration platform built exclusively for education, today announced an exciting new and unique partnership with Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, with a goal of improving social-emotional health for all students. The partnership will give all Vivi users access to easy and effective mindfulness and meditation practices created by Headspace, designed for use in K-12 classrooms.
“We are excited to give teachers and students easy access to resources needed to build mindfulness skills, to help them focus, recharge, and get the most out of every lesson,” says Simon Holland, co-founder of Vivi.io and a key driver of the partnership. “By delivering access to mindfulness and meditation practices designed specifically for K-12, we hope we can play a role in reducing stress and anxiety in the classroom and further improving emotional health and wellness for all students and teachers.”
A study has shown 30 days of Headspace resulted in 32% decrease in stress, eight weeks of Headspace resulted in a 19% decrease in anxiety symptoms and Headspace has improved focus by 14%. Until now, it has been challenging for teachers to gather insights on students’ social and emotional needs and support them in the moment. By pairing Vivi’s emoji-based polling ability with Headspace’s mindfulness practices, teachers can administer a quick, confidential, whole-class check-in to get a temperature read on how students are feeling about the day or lesson, and then offer targeted support to those students in need.
“Research shows that early intervention is key to prevent poor long-term mental health outcomes with 50% of mental health problems established by age 14 and 75% by age 24,” said Alice Nathoo, VP Social Impact, Headspace. Our partnership with Vivi means we can connect with more students from all socio-economic backgrounds to ensure equitable access to simple, scientifically proven and effective techniques for schools as a preventative measure.”
“Students were very focused and receptive to the mindfulness exercises, and many mentioned how calm and relaxed they felt. Students didn’t even realize they were three minutes long,” said Vivi user Mayra Jimenez, Mental Health Counselor at Ezequiel Tafoya Alvarado Academy in Madera County, California.
As a result of the partnership, all Vivi’s customers across the globe now have free access to these specially curated mindfulness and meditation practices. with short breathing exercises as well as several series for kids and caregivers around how to find happiness at home to address common challenges for remote learners, listening to others and staying positive. Additionally, K-12 educators and supporting staff in the U.S., U.K., Australia and Canada can access the full Headspace library of more than 1,000 hours of premium mindfulness content for free. Learn more at headspace.com/educators
To learn more about Vivi’s partnership with Headspace, visit: https://www.vivi.io/mental-health-with-headspace/