Mental health charity supports the practise of mindfulness
According to YouGov and the Mental Health Foundation 29% of people in the UK are stressed, 24% suffer from anxiety and 17% are depressed.
The Mental Health Foundation want mindfulness treatments to be more widely available on the NHS following the results of a YouGov survey, reports the Independent.
Mindfulness is a form of therapy which aims to increase people’s awareness of themselves, their emotions and the environment around them through mediation, yoga and breathing.
Mental Health Foundation CEO, Jenny Edwards CBE, said: “Mindfulness is one of the most encouraging practices to support good mental health. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy is recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and endorsed in the Chief Medical Officer’s Mental Health report, for reducing the risk of recurrent depression, cutting relapse rates in half. However, the evidence to date is that only a handful of Clinical Commissioning Groups make Mindfulness available in their area.”
The survey also found that whilst a majority of people were unaware of mindfulness, a majority of people who ever feel stressed said they would be very or fairly likely to practice it if they knew that doing it from just 15 minutes a day could reduce stress levels by 30 per cent.
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