A course starting in Gloucester next month may help anyone feeling overwhelmed by their low mood, thoughts, feelings, responsibilities or worries.
The Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Course (MBCT), delivered by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust’s Let’s Talk service, will offer a practical, non-medical approach to coping with depression, anxiety and stress.
Gill Turnbull, from Let’s Talk, said that a mindfulness approach could have a significant impact on improving physical and mental wellbeing.
“Most of us find ourselves frequently ‘swept away’ by the current of thoughts and feelings, worries, pressures, responsibilities and the feeling of wanting things to be different from how they are right now,” Gill said.
“This can be particularly powerful when we are faced with emotional or physical pain, life stresses and illness that challenge our attempts to find a solution or to feel better.
“Feeling stuck in this way can be draining. Mindfulness-based approaches are intended to teach people practical skills to help with psychological and physical health problems and ongoing life stresses.
“Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy is a group-based programme for people experiencing depression, anxiety and stress. It has been extensively studied since the late 1970s and there is evidence of significant positive effects on participants with depression, anxiety, stress, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and other conditions.
“The programme is taught in eight weekly, two hour long sessions and involves intensive training in mindfulness meditation together with discussion on depression, anxiety, stress and life skills. Participants are given CDs and are asked to practise the meditations for up to 45 minutes daily and to do informal practice whilst doing their day to day activities.”
The group will meet from 6 until 8pm at Gloucestershire University’s Oxstalls Campus, in Longlevens, starting on Wednesday October 2. There will be a break during half term.
Places are limited so please ring 0800 073 2200 to register for a free place on the course. You will then be contacted by a Mindfulness teacher to discuss the course and how it meets your needs.