MindUP for Life helps you develop the mental fitness to build a happier, healthier and more balanced life. MindUP teaches the strategies and skills you need to find optimism, build resilience and create solutions for life's challenges. Based firmly in neuroscience, MindUP teaches the skills and knowledge children need to regulate their stress and emotion, form positive relationships, and act with kindness and compassion.
There are three different programs associated with MindUP:
- MindUP for Life
- MindUP for Schools
- MindUP for Families
MindUP focuses on four pillars:
- social-emotional learning (SEL)
- positive psychology
- mindful awareness
MindUP provides the vehicle for whole-child, whole-school, whole-community transformation offering programs including resources and training for:
MindUP was created in response to the global epidemic of:
- childhood aggression
This program is approved for WV Expanded School Mental Health.
Last reviewed: 2023
The following are intended outcomes for children who have received MindUP:
- Improved stress regulation as assessed by the stress hormone, cortisol
- Improved academic performance, especially in math and language arts
- More prosocial, trustworthy, and liked by their peers
- Enhanced tools and strategies for self-regulation
- Positive effects on reducing aggression and managing stress
- Increased optimism and happiness
- Improved attention
Continuum of Care:
Selective Prevention, Universal Prevention
Anxiety, Behavioral Health/Mental Health, Depression, Disruptive Behaviors, Suicide
Community-Based, School-Based, Virtual
Limited research found involving diverse populations
This program is for children grades Pre-K-8.
There are multiple virtual trainings available for schools, districts, administrators and families. Depending on the program, necessary credentials vary. Please contact the program developers for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Is Training Required?
Yes, see developer info
Who can provide the required training?
MindUP provides virtual trainings. Please see the following for more information: https://mindup.org/training-opportunities/
Program Costs (materials, training, etc.):
Yes, refer to program website
Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research:
Crooks, C.V., Bax, K., Delaney, A., Kim, H., & Shokoohi, M. (2020) Impact of MindUP™ among young children: Improvements in behavioral problems, adaptive skills, and executive functioning. Mindfulness 11, 2433–2444.
de Carvalho, J. S., Pinto, A. M., & Marôco, J. (2017). Results of a mindfulness-based social-emotional learning program on Portuguese elementary students and teachers: A quasi-experimental study. Mindfulness, 8(2), 337-350.
Hai, A.H., Franklin, C., Cole Jr., A.H., Panisch, L.S., Yan, Y., & Jones, K. (2021). Impact of MindUP on elementary school students’ classroom behaviors: A single case design pilot study. Children and Youth Services Review, 125, 105981.
Matsuba, M. K., Schonert-Reichl, K. A., McElroy, T., & Katahoire, A. (2020) Effectiveness of a SEL/Mindfulness Program on Northern Ugandan children. International Journal of School and Educational Psychology
Schonert-Reichl, K. A., Oberle, E., Lawlor, M. S., Abbott, D., Thomson, K., Oberlander, T. F., & Diamond, A. (2015). Enhancing cognitive and social-emotional development through a simple-to administer mindfulness-based school program for elementary school children: A randomized controlled trial. Developmental Psychology, 51, 52–66.
Thierry, K. L., Bryant, H. L., Nobles, S. S., & Norris, K. S. (2016). Two-year impact of a mindfulness-based program on preschoolers’ self-regulation and academic performance. Early Education and Development, 27(6), 805-821.
Kim, S., Crooks, C. V., Bax, K., & Shokoohi, M. (2021). Impact of trauma-informed training and mindfulness-based social-emotional learning program on teacher attitudes and burnout: A mixed-methods study. School Mental Health, 13, 55-68
Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Lawlor, M. S. (2010). The effects of a mindfulness-based education program on pre- and early adolescents’ well-being and social and emotional competence. Mindfulness, 1, 137–151.
Supported by Research
»WV Ratings Info
Rationale for Rating:
This program did not have a significant amount of research available. Six studies were included in the research review. Of the six studies, one was a randomized controlled trial. All studies reviewed showed evidence of positive outcomes.
Contraindications or Concerns:
The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare:
Not On Registry
Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development:
Not On Registry
Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness:
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Programs Guide:
Promising - More than one study
Washington State Institute for Public Policy:
Not On Registry