It is difficult to ignore this topic as there seem regular references in much of what we read on the subject of mental health. As defined by an all party UK parliamentary group report on the subject:
“Mindfulness means paying attention to what’s happening in the present
moment in the mind, body and external environment, with an attitude of curiosity and kindness.”
“Mindfulness has a role to play in tackling our mental health crisis in which roughly one in three families include someone who is mentally ill. Up to 10% of the UK adult population will experience symptoms of depression in any given week. This crisis is largely going untreated with only one in three of those with mental illness receiving treatment.”
It is clearly therefore not a subject we can or should ignore. However, before reviewing the benefits and limitations of such an approach it might be beneficial to know, given some pretty extravagant claims by some, what mindfulness isn’t.
We hope to follow this up from a UK professional deeply involved in researching and evaluating the effective use of mindfulness.
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