Contact the mindfulness team…
|West Park Hospital
Edward Pease Way
|Lead contact name||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?
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 easy to describe but difficult to do – especially when we’re feeling stressed, or miserable. With patience and practice we can all learn to be more mindful more often.
Hear more from our mindfulness team…
How can we learn to be more mindful?
We run courses of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for people aged over 18 years, who:
- have experienced repeated episodes of depression
- or 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 just over two hours and one day-long session that lasts six hours. 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 every session and to complete all of the home practice.
You can try out a brief mindfulness meditation below to give you an idea of what our taster sessions and courses are like. It’s best to do this sitting in a chair and at a time when you know you won’t be interrupted.
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 in a course?
The first step is to come along to a taster session where you will hear more about mindfulness and the MBCT course. You will also try out some brief guided meditations.
After you’ve been to a taster session you may choose to apply for the MBCT course by filling in a simple application form. This will be followed by a telephone call and a discussion about whether this is the right approach for you at this time in your life.
When and where are the next taster sessions and courses?
|Venue||Newtown Community Resource Centre, 123 Durham Road, Stockton on Tees TS19 0DE|
|Taster sessions||Wednesday 3 April, 10am-12am
Wednesday 10 April, 1pm-3pm
|Course Starts||Wednesday 8 May, 9.30am|
|Venue||Live Well Centre, Dundas Shopping Centre, Dundas Street,Middlesbrough, TS1 1HR|
|Taster sessions||Wednesday 7 August, 10am – 12 noon
Wednesday 14 August, 10am – 12 noon
|Course Starts||Wednesday 18 September, 9.30am – 11.45am|
Durham and Darlington
|Venue||Framwellgate Moor Community Centre, Framwellgate Moor, Durham DH1 5BL|
|Taster sessions||Wednesday 20 March 2019, 2.30pm-4.30pm
Wednesday 3 April 2019, 2.30pm-430pm
|Course Starts||Wednesday 8 May 2019|
|Venue||Whessoe Parish Hall, Harrowgate Village, Darlington, DL1 3AA|
|Taster sessions||Tuesday 26 March 2019, 10.00am-12noon
Tuesday 2 April 2019, 10.00am – 12noon
|Course Starts||Tuesday 14 May 2019|
|Venue||Bishop Auckland Methodist Church, Bishop Auckland|
|Taster sessions||Monday 5 August 2019, 6pm
Monday 12 August 2019, 6pm
|Course Starts||Monday 16 September 2019, 6pm|
|Venue||William Jeffrey Room, The Pavilion, Helford Road, Peterlee, County Durham, SR8 1ER|
|Taster sessions||Tuesday 6 August 2019, 10.00am – 12noon
Tuesday 13 August 2019, 10.00am – 12noon
|Course Starts||Tuesday 17 September, 10.00am – 12.15pm|
Vale of York
|Venue||Fulford Social Hall, School Lane, York, YO10 4LS|
|Taster sessions||Tuesday 9 April 2019, 9.30am-11.45am
Tuesday 30 April 2019, 9.30am-11.45am
|Course Starts||Tuesday 11 June 2019, 9.30am|
|Venue||Friends Meeting House, Quaker Close, Scarborough, YO12 5QZ|
|Taster sessions||Monday 25 March 2019, 1pm-3pm
Monday 1 April 2019, 1pm-3pm
|Course Starts||Monday 13 May 2019|
|Venue||The Old School House, Leyburn|
|Taster sessions||Monday 25 March 2019, 2pm-4pm
Monday 8 April 2019, 2pm-4pm
|Course Starts||Thursday 9 May 2019, 10am-12.15pm|
|Venue||Brompton Methodist Church, The Green, Brompton, Northallerton, DL6 2QT|
|Taster sessions||Wednesday 10 July, 10am – 12noon
Tuesday 3 September, 10am – 12noon
|Course Starts||Tuesday 8 October from 9.30am – 11.45am|
|Jubilee Room, Boroughbridge Library, 17 St James’ Meadow, Boroughbridge, York, YO51 9AR.
(Street parking is available nearby and there is a large free carpark in Boroughbridge. Please do not park on St James’ Square).
|Taster||Wednesday 3 July, 10am – 12 noon
Monday 2 September 10am – 12 noon
|Course Starts||Monday 7 October, 10am – 12.15pm|
|Venue||St Cuthbert’s Church and Community Hall, Colburn Lane, Colburn, Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, DL9 4LT|
|Taster sessions||Thursday 5 September, 6pm – 8pm
Thursday 12 September, 6pm – 8pm
|Course Starts||Thursday’s, 10 October to 12 December, 6-8.15pm|
Details of further courses being held across the Trust area will be added here:
Bishop Auckland, Peterlee, Darlington, Middlesbrough, Boroughbridge, Northallerton, Colburn, Selby
Barnard Castle, Crook, Darlington, Consett, Guisborough, Hartlepool, Harrogate, Easingwold, Richmond
Days of mindfulness
For those completing the eight-week mindfulness course, we hold days of mindfulness to help you keep in touch with what you have learnt on your mindfulness course. Places are limited so to book a place contact 01325 552017 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Friday 14 June, 9.30am to 3.30pm, Elm Ridge Church, Darlington
- Tuesday 18 June, 10am to 4pm, Ingleby Greenhow Village Hall, Middlesbrough TS9 6LX
- Tuesday 18 June, Carlton WI, Carlton, Cleveland
- Wednesday 19 June, 10am to 4pm, Community Hall, Witton Gilbert, Durham, DH7 6TF
- Thursday 20 June, 10am to 4pm, The Old School House, Leyburn
- Tuesday 2 July, 10am to 4pm, Elm Ridge Methodist Church Hall, Carmel Road South, Darlington, DL3 8DJ
- Monday 8 July, 10am to 4pm, Snainton Village Hall, Snainton, Scarborough YO13 9BG
- Tuesday 23 July, Poppleton Tithe Barn, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6LF
- Tuesday 29 October, Peterlee, venue TBC
- Week Beginning 25th November, Boroughbridge, venue TBC
- Thursday 28 November 2019, 10am to 4pm, Jonas Centre, Redmire, Wensleydale
Follow up sessions
These three-hour sessions are designed for graduates of the eight-week mindfulness course with a view to helping sustain mindfulness in everyday life.
The session will include mindfulness practices with discussion on how your personal mindfulness practice is developing and what supports/hinders it.
We will revisit some of the themes of the eight-week course as appropriate.
- Tuesday 9 April, 9.30am – 12.30pm Framwellgate Moor Community Centre, Durham
To book a place, please contact us:
For general enquiries, please tel.01325 552017 or email. email@example.com
You can also hear a little bit more about our mindfulness taster days and courses from the TEWV mindfulness team below:
- Williams and Penman – Mindfulness: a practical guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World (includes a CD of short practices).
- Williams, Teasdale, Segal, & Kabat-Zinn: The Mindful Way Through Depression (includes a CD of short practices).
- Teasdale, Williams & Segal: The Mindful Way Workbook An 8-week program to Free Yourself from Depression and Emotional Distress (includes a CD of short practices)
- Orsillo & Roemer: The Mindful Way Through Anxiety.
|Date last updated:||13/07/2018|
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