Who is already benefiting from Mindfulness?

The following organisations are successfully applying the principles 

of Mindfulness across all aspects of their business.

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Mind Matters provide tailored programmes and courses:

To Individuals...

We face many challenges and stresses in our lives. Life has become quicker, more complex, with many

calls on our time and attention. How we cope affects our happiness, our health and general appreciation

of our lives. Mindfulness provides us with techniques to effectively deal with these life challenges and to

improve our overall well-being.


In the Workplace...

In work Mindfulness can help us to deal with stressful situations,

make more focussed and effective decisions and improve the overall performance of individuals and teams.

It has been proven to reduce the costs associated with absenteeism and attrition as well as increasing overall productivity.


To Students...

In schools, colleges and universities, Mindfulness can assist with the myriad of pressures they can face,

from pressure of workloads/ examinations to difficult personal situations,

like loneliness, substance misuse, eating issues and self-harming.

Mindfulness can also help students to focus and learn more effectively.


In Clinical Situations...

Mindfulness can be especially helpful for people with mental and physical health problems

such as resistant depression, anxiety, chronic pain or physical illness.

It has been used in mental health settings to treat

recurrent depression, self-harm, suicidality, eating disorders, OCD, trauma and pain management.

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Kindly reproduced from The Times, Health, Louise Chunn (11.04.15)

It’s not just for New Age hippies. Big business is now recognising the power of meditation, says Louise Chunn

When you think of meditation, you think of stillness, quiet, inactivity; it’s all about stepping away from the rush of everyday life to seek spiritual peace. Right? No, actually, 21st-century mindfulness meditation may bring some of the tranquillity of this 2,500-year-old Buddhist philosophy, but it is also a means of raising your productivity, increasing your focus and keeping you healthy. In a sense, it works for work, not against it.

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Kindly reproduced from The Guardian, Barbara Ellen (29.03.15)

No one would tell an anorexic to get a grip and eat more, so why tell the helpless overweight to eat less?

A new study from University College London found that weight discrimination accounts for about 40% of the harmful psychological effects associated with obesity. Lead author of the study, Dr Sarah Jackson, thinks that the UK should have legislation to protect people against “fat shaming”, similar to our legislation on race and sex. Otherwise, we run the risk of sending out the message that it’s socially acceptable to behave in this way.

I would also ask: isn’t it time there was widespread public recognition of certain types and degrees of obesity as food disorders, which have the potential to be as complex, out of control and pernicious as anorexia? In fact, one would hope that experts in food disorders, who are dealing with everything from anorexia to binge-eating, would find this an odd question and an old one. 

With any unhealthy relationship with food, there are always psychological issues..." 

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/...

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nullKindly reproduced from The Sunday Times, Education, Sian Griffiths (15.03.15)

TOP schools are turning to psychiatrists and counsellors to help deal with a rising tide of self-harm, eating disorders, depression and suicide among pupils weighed down by exam pressure, social media and family breakdown.

Head teachers said this weekend that, as well as hiring counsellors and holding mindfulness and meditation lessons, they were working with psychiatrists and therapists at private hospitals such as the Priory clinics.

One said parents, concerned at lengthy NHS queues for mental health treatment, were paying up to £750 a day for children to be seen as inpatients at private hospitals or finding their own therapists who charge up to £100 an hour.

Bernard Trafford, headmaster of the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle upon Tyne, said he employed two full-time counsellors and mental health problems were affecting almost every school. 

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Kindly reproduced from The Sunday Times, Style Magazine, Fleur Britten (08.02.15)

"Mindfulness is the new happy hour - in the workplace, at least. Even at last month's World Economic Forum in Davos - the hub of choice for the World's plurocrats - proceedings opened daily with an 8am meditation by the Godfather of Mindfulness John Kabat- Zinn..."

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Kindly reproduced from The Telegraph Weekend, Education, Victoria Marks (14.03.15)

"When asked what impact mindfulness has in schools, Richard Burnett of Tonbridge School quotes TS Eliot, 'Teach us to dare and not care. Teach us how to sit still'.  English literature is a wonderful source of unknowingly 'mindful' passages...

...Mindfulness was elected as part of the school day because Burnett believes in to be an important life skill - it is more than an aid to academia, but something to take on in later life.  The knock on benefits to well-being, mental health, the capacity for empathy and simply for young people to be contentand flourish makes it well worth it"

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Kindly reproduced from The Daily Mail, Health, Louise Atkinson (17.03.15)

Menopause specialist Dr Jane Woyka says: ‘I regularly see women in tears because they wrongly believe they are developing dementia.’

Doctors call this condition nominal aphasia — a temporary state caused by receptors in the brain being deprived of oestrogen.

Most women report their memory returns to normal once fluctuating oestrogen levels have settled. Lifestyle changes to improve sleep and reduce stress can help.

Mindfulness — a simple form of meditation — may also be of use.

A recent U.S. study found that just two weeks of mindfulness training was enough to improve cognitive performance.

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Through the practise and application of Mindfulness skills, people

have been able to gain better understanding and control over their thoughts

and behaviour to live a happier, healthier life.


WE ARE ABLE TO HAVE "A LIFE WORTH LIVING"


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