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Mental Health Awareness week - 11th - 17th May 2015

This year the Mental Health Foundation charity are focusing the awareness week on discussions and debates around mindfulness.

Mindfulness based CBT is an evidence-based technique that is recommended by NICE for people who are currently well but have had multiple episodes of depression.

Mindfulness is about paying attention to the present moment and not worrying about the past or the future. It can be practiced at any time for as long as needed.

This link explains more about Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy.


The Oxford Mindfulness Centre has published new research into the effectiveness of Mindfulness Cognitive Therapy and found promising results.


However it is worth noting how this is being reported in the news -

Dr Iris Elliott Head of Policy and Research at the Mental Health Foundation says: "The media reports today are slightly skewed in that in some quarters it is being seen as a way to treat depression. This is not the case: what this research shows is the effectiveness of mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) in terms of prevention or recurrence. (Mental Health Foundation)