Chrysalis Not For Profit is a big supporter of the charity the Mental Health Foundation. The charity helps to organise Mental Health Awareness Week, which this year argued that mindfulness treatments should be more readily available on the NHS, as they can help people with mental health issues.

Mental health in the UK

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week was held between 11th and 17th May. First held in 2000, the event is an initiative which strives to raise awareness of mental health issues to the UK public.

Before this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the charity and YouGov carried out a survey to shed light on mental health issues in the UK. The poll of 2,000 British adults showed that 29% are stressed, 24% suffer from anxiety and 17% live with depression. Meanwhile, almost two thirds said that if they were given the choice, they’d take part in activities to reduce stress. That’s why this year the Mental Health Foundation chose to focus the event on Mindfulness.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a therapy involving breathing, yoga and meditation which is designed to increase a person’s awareness of themselves, their emotions and the environment they live in.

The Mental Health Foundation has suggested that the practice could help people living with mental health conditions such as stress, depression and anxiety overcome their issues. Evidence shows that 15 minutes of mindfulness per day can spur a 30% reduction of stress levels. The survey found that a majority of respondents said that if they’d known this, they’d be likely to take up the practise.

Mindfulness should be offered on the NHS

The charity called for mindfulness therapies to be made available on the NHS across the UK. According to the Independent, Jenny Edwards MBE, the charity’s CEO commented: “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.” She went on to say that the NHS should make it possible for people to access mindfulness therapies “so that GPs can recommend it and NICE recommendations can be acted upon.”

Chrysalis Not For Profit

Mental Health Awareness Week has shown that more needs to be done to help people living with mental health problems. You can help people across the UK by training to become a counsellor. Chrysalis Not For Profit provide a number of Chrysalis courses which give you the education you need to establish a career in counselling.

Established in 1998, Chrysalis Not For Profit is now the UK’s market-leading trainer in talking therapies. We offer creative, enjoyable and relaxed courses, fully accredited by the relevant professional bodies on a part-time basis to fit around your commitments.

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