Mindfulness for Anxiety & Depression

Mindfulness for Anxiety and Depression

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  • Mindfulness for Anxiety and Depression

This workshop is designed as an introduction to mindfulness for those interested in learning how mindfulness can help with anxiety and depression, and are considering attending an 8-week mindfulness course.

The significant evidence base around mindfulness has shown it to be a highly effective (and NICE-recommended) method of relapse prevention in recurrent depression and as a successful intervention for a variety of anxiety disorders. With practice, mindfulness can help us recognise how we become entangled in streams of worries, self-criticism and ruminative thinking, and slowly learn to break free from these patterns to improve our well-being.

Through psychoeducation, group discussion and short mindfulness practices in this one-day workshop, you will gain a basic understanding of:

  • What mindfulness is and how it can be trained;
  • How depression and anxiety develop and are maintained;
  • The research and neuroscience around how mindfulness works;
  • Mindfulness practices to help accept yourself and face life’s difficulties with self-compassion instead of self-criticism;
  • How the 8-Week Mindfulness Course can help you build the skills to manage your symptoms of anxiety and/or depression longer term.

No prior mindfulness experience or knowledge required.

Resources

  • Julie Myerson: how mindfulness based cognitive therapy changed my life: http://bit.ly/1aR2Ytz
  • The Efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy as a Public Mental Health Intervention for Adults with Mild to Moderate Depressive Symptomatology: A Randomized Controlled Trial: http://bit.ly/1jYwYin
  • Effectiveness of a meditation-based stress reduction program in the treatment of anxiety disorders:http://1.usa.gov/1S0Dz7I
  • The Mindful Nation Report: the UK’s first policy document of its kind, which puts forth recommendations to use more mindfulness interventions to address mental health concerns across all areas of UK society: http://bit.ly/1jRhvk4
  • BBC World segment with Dr Cinzia Pezzolesi on Anxiety and Mindfulness: http://bit.ly/1POKLpa