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West Park Hospital
Edward Pease Way
Tel: 01325 552017
Lead contact: Jo Cromarty, mindfulness team manager
Do you experience depression?
Are you stressed by caring for, or parenting, someone with mental ill health or a learning disability?
Many of us spend a lot of time brooding about the past, worrying about the future, and being hard on ourselves. These habits of mind are difficult to control and often leave us feeling stressed and low.
Mindfulness can help…
What is mindfulness?
This short animation film explains what mindfulness is.
Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention to the present moment. When we’re tuned in to the present moment, the mind is less likely to get caught up in unhelpful patterns of thinking and feeling.
Mindfulness helps us become more aware of our thoughts and emotions and relate to them in a different way. We learn skills that can help us to:
- become more focussed and steady
- feel less overwhelmed
- respond more wisely to difficulties and stress.
Mindfulness can also help us learn to be kinder to ourselves and more accepting of how things are.
‘Staying present’ is not easy– especially when we’re feeling stressed, or miserable. With patience and practice we can all learn to be more mindful more often.
Members of the Trust mindfulness team explain a little more in this short film clip.
The following audio clip will take you through a brief mindfulness meditation which may help you to understand more about mindfulness. It’s best to do this meditation sitting in a chair, at a time when you know you won’t be interrupted.
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) combines two great approaches; mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy. Our MBCT courses are a great way to understand thought patterns and how to work with these in more helpful ways. We deliver these courses both online and in-person.
You will learn and practise simple meditations and other activities that can help you to:
- be more aware of your thoughts and feelings
- be kinder to yourself
- respond more wisely to difficulties and stress
The following film shares the personal experiences of some who have attended courses at a different NHS centre and the benefits they have experienced.
Who can take part?
Our service is for people aged 18+ who are registered with a GP in County Durham, Darlington, Teesside and (most of) North Yorkshire, York and Selby.
The course may be suitable for you if any of these apply:
- You are currently experiencing an episode of depression
- You have had episodes of depression in the past and wish to reduce the chances of future episodes
- You are stressed by parenting or caring for someone with mental ill health or a learning disability
What is a mindfulness course like?
The course includes eight sessions lasting two and a quarter hours and one longer session. Sessions normally take place over consecutive weeks.
In the sessions you will learn and practise some fairly simple meditations, for example focusing attention on your breathing for periods of time. The teacher will be a qualified mental health professional who is also experienced in teaching mindfulness.
The course takes a lot of time and effort and involves practising the meditations at home on a daily basis. It is important to attend regularly and to practise the approach at home every day.
What is the evidence?
MBCT has been thoroughly researched and is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
How do I take part?
To find out more about mindfulness and the course we offer you can attend a two-hour taster session. After this you can apply for the eight-week course and we will discuss this in more detail with you during a telephone assessment.
To book a place on a taster session see the link below.
Two-hour taster sessions
These taster sessions are specifically for people with experience of depression and stressed carers/parents of someone with mental ill health or learning disabilities. If you work in the health and social care sector, we encourage you to attend a staff mindfulness taster session which will provide you with information about all our course options. The staff taster dates can be found on our Staff Mindfulness Service Webpage.
- ONLINE Wednesday, 20 March 2024, 10am – 12pm (Microsoft Teams)
- IN-PERSON Monday, 08 April 2024, 1pm – 3pm St Bede’s Pastoral Centre, York
- ONLINE Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 6pm – 8pm (Microsoft Teams)
- IN-PERSON Monday, 15 April 2024, 1pm – 3pm St Bede’s Pastoral Centre, York
- ONLINE Tuesday, 16 April 2024, 10am – 12pm (Microsoft Teams)
- IN-PERSON Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 10am – 12pm Colburn, Catterick Garrison
- ONLINE Monday, 22 April 2024, 11am – 1pm (Microsoft Teams)
- IN-PERSON Wednesday, 24 April 2024, 10am – 12pm Colburn, Catterick Garrison
- ONLINE Wednesday, 01 May 2024, 6pm – 8pm (Microsoft Teams)
- ONLINE Wednesday, 05 June 2024, 10am – 12pm (Microsoft Teams)
- ONLINE Wednesday, 10 July 2024, 10am – 12pm (Microsoft Teams)
You can also contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01325 552017 with any queries.
The course includes eight sessions each lasting two and a quarter hours, plus one longer day of practice later in the course.
Dates: Next course dates to be confirmed soon
Day of mindfulness
These sessions are included in the 8-week course and previous graduates are also invited to support their ongoing mindfulness practice and sense of wellbeing. The day is spent engaging in a variety of mindfulness practices with limited talking and space for reflection.
- ONLINE Monday, 04 March 2024, 10am – 3pm (Microsoft Teams)
- ONLINE Tuesday, 05 March 2024, 10am – 3pm (Microsoft Teams)
- IN-PERSON Tuesday, 05 March 2024, 10am – 4pm, Ingleby Greenhow, Middlesbrough (WAITING LIST ONLY)
- ONLINE Wednesday, 06 March 2024, 10am – 3pm (Microsoft Teams)
- IN-PERSON Wednesday, 06 March 2024, 10am – 4pm, Acaster Malbis, York YO23
- ONLINE Thursday, 07 March 2024, 10am – 3pm (Microsoft Teams)
- IN-PERSON Thursday, 07 March 2024, 10am – 4pm, Framwellgate Moor, Durham
- ONLINE Tuesday, 12 March 2024, 10am – 3pm (Microsoft Teams)
The next days of mindfulness will be in June/July 2024
If you have attended one of our 8-week courses in the past and are interested in joining us for a day of mindfulness, please follow this link to complete a booking form: Day of Mindfulness Booking Form
Mindful Wellbeing Course for Post-Covid Syndrome (Long Covid)
We run a free six-week course for people living with Post-Covid. This introductory course explores how coming into the present moment and developing the skills and attitudes of mindfulness can help support the wellbeing of people living with the many challenges of Post-Covid. With shorter sessions and mindfulness practices the course aims to be more accessible for people experiencing symptoms such as fatigue.
How do I take part?
Firstly, join us at an online Mindful Wellbeing for Post-Covid Taster session.
- Tuesday 9 January 2024, 10.30am to 11.30am
To book onto as taster session or express an interest in future taster sessions or the forthcoming course please contact email@example.com or Tel: 01325 552017.
The online Mindful Wellbeing for Post-Covid course will run 10.30am to 11.30am from Tuesday 6 February until Tuesday 12 March 2024. Details of how to apply will be given at the taster session.
Online practice group
If you have attended one of our courses in the past, you would be very welcome to join our online ‘practice group’ sessions that take place by Microsoft Teams. These regular 45-minute sessions are an opportunity to do some practice with other people and to re-visit some themes of the course. Everyone will be very welcome, including people who haven’t done any practice for years! The sessions will be led by members of the mindfulness team.
If you have completed an eight-week course previously and are interested in registering for the practice group, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘practice group’ as the subject heading.
You may find some of the following resources helpful:
Headspace is a very popular and high quality app.
Oxford Mindfulness Centre
Free mindfulness includes many useful resources including practices, poetry and links to other sites
The Mindfulness Network
The Mindfulness Network site includes links to other free online practice groups
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