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Mindfulness

What is it?

Mindfulness is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) as an effective treatment for depression and has been evidenced to significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety and stress.

Practising Mindfulness develops the individual’s innate capacity for present moment awareness and kindness for the benefit of mental and physical wellbeing. Mindfulness can help an individual to recognise unhelpful patterns of the mind and begin to develop new ways of responding.

Who is it for?

Mindfulness is suitable for individuals who experience difficulty in managing stress, low level anxiety, and general challenges, including physical pain and physical difficulty. Mindfulness supports the individual’s ability to better manage challenging feelings, moods, social interactions and physical sensations.

The course supports the development of more helpful responses to our experience, including difficult mental, emotional or physical experiences, and begins to open possibilities for a kinder relationship to self. Participants are invited to practice in their own time in the week in between sessions.

Mindfulness is a highly accessible practice. However, it is not advised to start a course if you know in advance that you will not be able to attend all sessions. Similarly, it might not be advised if you are expecting a stressful life event to occur during the course (e.g. moving house, changing job, etc).

Mindfulness may not be suited to individuals who are experiencing severe trauma, severe social anxiety (group setting), extreme levels of anxiety (person unable to sit for practices), current or very recent difficult life events (bereavement, divorce, etc), severe pain (person unable to focus on practices).

How to get it?

Mindfulness is offered as a group course within the Wellbeing Network in various formats, such as Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, Mindful Self Care and Mindful Self Compassion. Mindfulness is also offered with the IAPT service, particularly within Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, as well as within Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

For those who are not eligible for our Talking Therapies, there are similar services available in the area:

  • City and Hackney Adult Mental Health Referral and Assessment Service (CHAMHRAS), which can be accessed via a GP referral.
  • City and Hackney Crisis Pathway Services [24 Hour Helpline 020 8432 8020]