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Mindfulness Through Film

Explore how film watching and filmmaking can introduce mindfulness principles and exercises to help students’ mental health.

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Mindfulness Through Film

747 enrolled on this course

  • 2 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Discover how to use film to tap into the mental health benefits of mindfulness

After a difficult period, taking care of our mental health has never been more important, especially for students and teachers.

Created in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation, this two-week course from Into Film will help you develop a variety of film-based strategies to enable you and your students to confidently engage with mindfulness.

Engage the senses through film with mindful listening and focused looking

In an age where information is available with just a click, it’s easy to take our senses for granted. Mindfulness reminds us how important our senses are in our lives.

You’ll discover how film, specifically multisensory filmmaking, can help you tap into the mental health benefits of mindfulness, such as enhancing focus, promoting self-regulation, increasing resilience, and improving interpersonal skills.

Develop crucial skills to plan and shoot mindfulness films

On this course, you’ll focus on strategies using setting and character to help your students explore their emotions, manage their feelings, and see the links between emotions, thoughts, and actions.

Through practical advice and techniques, from camera shot types to camera angles and movements, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to create your own mindfulness films that promote greater wellbeing.

Learn from the experts at Into Film and the Mental Health Foundation

Into Film is the UK’s leading charity for film in education. Through the power of film, they help educators deliver transformative learning outcomes for children and young people.

For this course, they have partnered with the Mental Health Foundation, the UK’s leading charity for mental health since 1949. With the expertise of both charities, you’ll gain invaluable skills to support your students’ wellbeing and creativity through film.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds With half of all mental health problems starting before the age of fourteen, teaching young people strategies to look after their mental wellbeing is crucial. The power of film can introduce your learners to the mental health benefits of mindfulness. But it’s not just about your learners, there are activities on the course made just for you, the educator, because your wellbeing is important too. We’ll strengthen key skills like resilience, emotional intelligence and self-regulation. You’ll also find downloadable ready-to-use activities and lessons you can slot into your busy timetable. Be sure to immerse yourself in the course community, share your ideas, upload content and tap into the knowledge of course experts and your fellow educators.


  • Week 1

    Engaging the Senses Through Film

    • Welcome to the course

      We're so glad you've joined us! We'll introduce ourselves as well as the key themes and aims of the course. Then, you can help us to create an online community by sharing a little about yourself and what you want from the course.

    • Getting started with Mindfulness Through Film

      Discover why film is an ideal medium to introduce mindfulness and inspire students to explore ways it might work for them.

    • Raising awareness through the senses

      Explore how the multisensory nature of film can strengthen your learners’ communication skills and develop their sense of wellbeing.

    • Multisensory filmmaking

      Discover how one-shot filmmaking activities can help your students tap into the mental health benefits of nature.

  • Week 2

    Exploring Emotions Through Film

    • Focusing on emotion

      Discover how film can help your students to identify their emotions and consider links between emotions, thoughts and actions.

    • Right as RAIN

      We’ll share activities using short film highlights that can help young people to develop their emotional intelligence and provide an inspiration to transform the way they interact with others.

    • Mindful filmmaking

      Now's the time to put your learning into practice by creating a mindful film – and exploring the benefits of filmmaking and spending time in the great outdoors.

    • Embedding your learning

      We end the course by inviting you to review what you've learnt and share your thoughts with the course community. We’ll also share advice on next steps so you can continue supporting your students’ wellbeing.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore mindfulness and other strategies to help students acknowledge their thoughts and feelings, learning how to respond to them productively.
  • Engage with stills and clips from youth-made and short films to support learning about managing mental and emotional health.
  • Create simple films and transfer these skills to students, to encourage creativity, promote personal expression and strengthen communication skills .
  • Reflect on how to take time out to care for our own mental wellbeing. 

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for all teachers looking for ways to support their students’ wellbeing and creativity. It will be especially useful for secondary school educators.

Who will you learn with?

Alexia worked as a primary school teacher and enjoyed leading a successful film club. She is now the Training Manager at Into Film.

Chevonne taught English and Film Studies in UK secondary schools for nearly a decade and is now a Senior Learning Coordinator at Into Film.

Justin has taught in primary schools for almost a decade, working with pupils across KS1 and KS2. He is now a Learning Coordinator at Into Film.

Who developed the course?

Into Film

Into Film is a UK-wide film and education charity, which puts film at the heart of children and young people’s learning, contributing to their cultural, creative and personal development.

Mental Health Foundation

The Foundation works to prevent mental health problems. We drive change towards a mentally healthy society for all, and support communities, families and individuals to live mentally healthier lives, with a particular focus on those at greatest risk. The Foundation is the home of Mental Health Awareness Week.

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