13 May 2019

Mass mindfulness moment marks start of Mental Health Awareness Week

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Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust has marked the start of Mental Health Awareness Week by taking part in a national event to raise awareness of the benefits of Mindfulness.

On Saturday 11th May, 70 staff, service users and members of the public took part in a 30 minute guided meditation session in the gardens of the Long Fox Unit at Weston General Hospital, Weston-super-Mare.

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from Monday 13th to Sunday 19th May and towns and cities across the country have hosted Moments of Mass Mindfulness with qualified Mindfulness teachers guiding the sessions.

Mindfulness is a technique which helps people manage stress and their mental health as well as simply gaining more pleasure from life. It involves making a special effort to bring full attention to what is happening in the present moment - to what is happening in your mind, body and surroundings.

AWP Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Tiff Earle, who helped organise the day, said: ""Many of us lead busy lives and often don't take the time to pay attention to the present moment, our thoughts and feelings and to the world around us. Taking time to do this can be really useful, help us enjoy life more and better understand ourselves."

AWP's Involvement Co-ordinator for North Somerset, Stephen Budd, said: "We have hosted similar events on Clevedon Pier and in Weston-super-Mare before, but this was the first time we had joined with 28 other locations across the country. It was great to see so many people get involved and we hope those who attended on Saturday will adopt Mindfulness and meditation as a way to boost their mental health."

Scientific research is showing that Mindfulness can help people manage their stress and support their mental health as well as gain more pleasure from life. This is now government business: The All Party Parliamentary Mindfulness Group has published The Mindful Nation report on the importance of developing Mindfulness in public services.

 

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