Group Volanen

The Healthy Learning Mind

The Healthy Learning Mind is a health promotion project including a research and a development project. The aim of the project is to promote well-being, learning and happiness among students and teachers in Finnish comprehensive schools.

The Healthy Learning Mind research project is a randomized controlled trial exploring the effectiveness of a mindfulness intervention on well-being, learning and happiness among 12-15 year old adolescents in the school context. Altogether 3519 students and their teachers and parents have participated in the study.

The development project started in 2016 when a grant for health promotion was received from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. During 2016-2018 we will develop national mindfulness-based well-being programs for both students and school personnel and implement the mindfulness-based well-being programs into Finnish comprehensive schools.

The aim is to provide schools with a concrete and cost-effective tool to promote well-being, learning and happiness among students and school personnel as well as enhance social climate and calmness in classrooms.

Our Healthy Learning Mind project is a pioneering project exploring effectiveness of mindfulness practices among adolescents as well as development and implementation of national mindfulness-based well-being programs in Finland.

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Group Leader

Salla-Maarit Volanen, PhD

Project coordinator

Emilia Keijonen, M.Soc.Sc 

PhD student

Maarit Lassander, Lic.A Psych


Susanna Ahvalo, M.Ed
Satu Posti
Kim Wikström, M.Phil

Volanen S-M., Lassander M., Hankonen N., Santalahti P., Hintsanen M., Simonsen N., Raevuori A., Mullola S., Vahlberg T., But, A., Suominen S. Healthy Learning Mind - a school-based mindfulness and relaxation program: a study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. BMC Psychology. 2016;11;4(1):35

Samfundet Folkhälsan
University of Helsinki
Juho Vainio Foundation
Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation
Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation
Mats Brommel’s Foundation
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health