The Six Degrees Mindfulness courses are receiving some very good feedback. We have been delivering our Mindfulness courses for over 12 months and they appear to be gaining in popularity. Please ask your GP for a referral.
The following Patient Opinion stories are anonymous stories related to the experience of attending the course:
Posted by Beyond579 (as the patient), yesterday
I was very surprised to see so many people with mental health problems in one place. You feel as though its only you going through stress and anxiety, then you realise at one of these causes you are not alone. Sharing with friends and people on the course makes things better and gives you different ways to deal with your own problems. Glad I attended and hope to have drop in sessions when needed.
Posted by Civil45 (as the patient), 6 days ago
The course helped me to find different ways of viewing and using feelings and situations. Also very receptive to feedback
Also helped me to structure my choices to make time for me
Posted by Boss692 (as the patient), 6 days ago
I found the mindfulness course very interesting. It made me think of different ways to think about things and how to priorities things, so not to get stressed about things.
Given the popularity of Mindfulness, our colleagues have been researching the usefulness of Mindfulness Based Interventions for the workplace. Their recent publication below highlights some of the key findings:
How Effective are Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Reducing Stress Among Healthcare Professionals? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
Workplace stress is high among healthcare professionals (HCPs) and is associated with reduced psychological health, quality of care and patient satisfaction. This systematic review and meta-analysis reviews evidence on the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) for reducing stress in HCPs.
A systematic literature search was conducted. Papers were screened for suitability using inclusion criteria and nine papers were subjected to review and quality assessment. Seven papers, for which full statistical findings could be obtained, were also subjected to meta-analysis. Results of the meta-analysis suggest that MBIs have the potential to significantly improve stress among HCPs; however, there was evidence of a file drawer problem. The quality of the studies was high in relation to the clarity of aims, data collection and analysis, but weaker in terms of sample size and the use of theoretical frameworks.
MBIs have the potential to reduce stress among HCPs; however, more high-quality research is needed before this finding can be confirmed. Future studies would benefit from long-term follow-up measures to determine any continuing effects of mindfulness training on stress outcomes.
Amy Burton, Catherine Burgess, Sarah Dean, Gina Z. Koutsopoulou & Siobhan Hugh-Jones.
How Effective are Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Reducing Stress Among Healthcare Professionals? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Stress and Health (2016) © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Received 29 June 2015; Revised 18 January 2016; Accepted 18 January 2016
Published online in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com) DOI: 10.1002/smi.2673