West Park Hospital
Edward Pease Way
Tel: 01325 552017
Lead contact: Jo Cromarty
Do you suffer with repeated episodes of depression?
Are you stressed by caring for, or parenting, someone with mental ill health?
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) courses 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 courses are available to adults (aged 18+) registered with a GP in County Durham and Darlington, Teesside and most of North Yorkshire, who:
- have experienced repeated episodes of depression
- 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 practice 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) for people who suffer from recurrent depression. There is also good evidence that learning mindfulness can be helpful for people who are stressed.
How do I take part?
To find out more about mindfulness and the course we offer you can attend a two-hour taster session, which are open to members of the public and health and social care staff. After this you can apply for the eight-week course and we will discuss this in more detail with you with a telephone assessment.
Two-hour taster sessions
Online via Microsoft Teams:
- Tuesday, 2nd August 2022, 10am – 12pm
- Monday, 8th August 2022, 10am – 12pm
- Monday, 15th August 2022, 10am – 12pm
- Monday, 22nd August 2022, 6pm – 8pm
- Monday, 5th September 2022, 11am – 1pm
- Wednesday, 7th September 2022, 2pm – 4pm
- Monday, 12th September 2022, 6pm – 8pm
- Monday, 12th September 2022, 11am – 1pm
- Monday, 12th September 2022, 6pm – 8pm
- Wednesday, 14th September 2022, 10am – 12pm
- Wednesday, 17th August 2022, 10am – 12pm, at Elm Ridge Methodist Hall, 16 Woodburn Drive, Darlington, DL3 8AB
- Tuesday, 6th September 2022, 9.30am – 11.30am, at Live Well Centre, Dundas Shopping Centre, Dundas St, Middlesbrough, TS1 1HR
If you are interested in taking part in one of our free taster sessions, please email us at email@example.com or telephone 01325 552017 and we will book you a place, availability permitting.
The course includes eight sessions each lasting two and a quarter hours, plus one longer day of practice later in the course.
Online by Microsoft Teams. Monday, 6pm – 8.15pm
- 26 September
- 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 October
- 14, 21 November
- Day of practice: Monday, 7 November, 9.30am – 2.30pm
Online by Microsoft Teams. Wednesday, 10am – 12.15pm
- 5, 12, 19, 26 October
- 2, 9, 23, 30 November
- Day of practice: Wednesday, 16 November, 9.30am – 2.30pm
Tuesday’s, 9.30am – 11.45am at Live Well Centre, Dundas Shopping Centre, Dundas St, Middlesbrough, TS1 1HR
- 4, 11, 18, 25 October
- 1, 8, 22, 29 November
- Day of practice (please note different venue): Tuesday, 15 November, 10am – 4pm at Ingleby Greenhow Village Hall, Marsh Lane, Ingleby Greenhow, Middlesbrough, TS9 6LX
Wednesday’s, 10am – 12.15pm at Elm Ridge Methodist Hall, 16 Woodburn Drive, Darlington, DL3 8AB
- 28 September
- 5, 12, 19,. 26 October
- 2, 9, 23 November
- Day of practice: Wednesday, 16 November, 10am – 4pm, same venue – Elm Ridge Methodist Hall
- Monday evenings, 6pm – 8.15pm, 26 September – 21 November, with a Day of Mindfulness on 7 November 9.30am – 2.30pm
- Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12.15pm, 2 October – 7 December with a Day of Mindfulness on 23 November 9.30am – 2.30pm
- Tuesday mornings, 9.30am – 11.45am, 4 October – 29 November, with a Day of Mindfulness on 15 November, 10am – 4pm
- Venue: Live Well Centre, Dundas Shopping Centre, Dundas St, Middlesbrough TS1 1HR
- Wednesday mornings 10am– 12.15pm, 28 September – 23 November, with a Day of Mindfulness on 16 November, 10am – 4pm
- Venue: Elm Ridge Methodist Church Hall, Carmel Rd S, Darlington DL3 8DJ
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 by Microsoft Teams
- Wednesday, 24 August 2022, 10am – 3pm
- Monday, 1 August 2022, 10am – 4pm, at St Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN
- Wednesday, 3 August 2022, 10am – 4pm, at St Francis Village Hall, Hutton Henry, County Durham, TS27 4RH
The next round of practice days will be in November 2022.
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 email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01325 552017 so that we can book you a place, availability permitting.
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 email@example.com 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 relating to the Covid-19 pandemic
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