• New Publication: Building the Case for Mindfulness in the Workplace

    New Publication: Building the Case for Mindfulness in the Workplace

    One year after the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group released its seminal Mindful Nation UK report, the Mindfulness Initiative has launched a new publication: ‘Building the Case for Mindfulness in the Workplace’.

    The document is primarily intended as a resource for those developing a business case for mindfulness training within their own organisation. It provides an updated summary of the research evidence, narrative rationales addressing different organisational needs, case studies and a range of toolkits to help with programme planning, implementation and evaluation.

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  • The Mindfulness Initiative

    The Mindfulness Initiative

    The Mindfulness Initiative is a policy institute that works with parliamentarians, media and policy makers to develop recommendations on the role of mindfulness in public life.

    Scientific research is generating substantial evidence of the benefits of mindfulness to well-being. There is great public interest in the field, but access to quality training is patchy. Despite recommendations by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the use of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to prevent relapse in depression, NHS implementation rates are low, and there is little understanding of how mindfulness could help in other areas of policy.

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  • Parliamentary Group Inquiry

    Parliamentary Group Inquiry

    The Mindfulness Initiative helped the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group to conduct an inquiry into how mindfulness could be incorporated into UK services and institutions.

    This resulting Mindful Nation UK report was published in October 2015, following an interim report in January 2015.

    We are now working with government ministers, opinion-formers and employers to raise awareness of the report's findings and recommendations.

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Case Studies

In an era dominated by statistics, case studies can really bring to life the potential that mindfulness can have for a diverse range of individuals. From schoolchildren, to NHS staff, policemen, and members of parliament, mindfulness courses have offered significantly improved wellbeing by reducing stress, fostering compassionate care and providing greater clarity in prioritising the demands of life.

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02 Jun 2017
The Mindful Living Show
Business Design Centre, London
07 Jul 2017
Mindfulness in Society 2017 Conference
Crowne Plaza - Chester, UK

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Mindfulness in Northern Ireland

The NICE Guidelines for the Treatment and Management of Depression in Adults outlines that Mindfulness is a skills based programme that enables people to prevent the recurrence of in those affected by the illness. AWARE, the only charity in Northen Ireland working exclusively for those with depression, has been delivering Mindfulness across NI for the past 18 months into community groups, deprived areas across NI, into schools and the workplace and other settings. With close to 1000 people having undertaken a course or workshop to date and the hugely positive feedback, a further 45 Mindfulness Programmes will be delivered in 2015/16.

To date AWARE’s Mindfulness Programme has been integrated into, public, private and the third sector, businesses, business network organisations, trade associations, community groups, universities, colleges and schools. From evaluative findings the six week programmes piloted in the spring have proved extremely successful. This success prompted the launch of 30 workshops throughout all six counties of Northern Ireland during the summer 2015. As AWARE now approaches its Autumn Programme, it has introduced training materials which blend the hard scientific facts of Mindfulness with intelligent creativity designed to facilitate the awakening of the senses.

To find out more about AWARE and mindfulness programs offered by AWARE in various regions of NI please check here: http://www.aware-ni.org/pages/index.asp?title=Mindfulness

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