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Posted on the 13th May 2015

Health professionals from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Mindsmatter service are encouraging residents in Lancashire to give mindfulness a go as part of Mental Health Awareness Week taking place 11 to 17 May.

Mental Health Awareness Week is a national campaign and this year’s theme is mindfulness. This technique helps people to look at the way they observe their feelings and reactions to situations, both good and bad, to help change the way we manage and react to situations. Mindfulness is proven to help improve our mental health by reducing depression, stress and anxiety, as well as helping with physical health issues such as chronic pain and eating disorders.

The Mindsmatter team at Lancashire Care provide a range of courses including Stress Control courses as well as Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy courses for people across the county who may be experiencing mental health issues. Lisa Graham, Senior Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Mindfulness Teacher at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“Around one in four people will experience some form of mental health issue in their life. Sometimes the pressures of everyday life can become too much for people to manage, and there are around a quarter of a million people off work every year with stress. Mindfulness helps people to concentrate on the present, to help us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings when faced with different situations. The courses help to provide different methods to enable us to approach these previously worrying situations in a different light to help improve our overall mental health.

“Mindfulness uses a range of techniques, including breathing, meditation and yoga, and is proven to help a range of both mental and physical health issues. Having mindfulness as the focus for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is a great opportunity for people to learn more about it and encourage people to give it a go and see how it can help improve their overall health and wellbeing.”

For more information about mindfulness courses in your area please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Mindfulness and to find out more about the Mindsmatter team visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Mindsmatter