Depression and Mindfulness
Depression is the leading cause of disability as measured by YLDs and the fourth leading contributor to the global burden of disease (DALYs) in 2000. By the year 2020, depression is projected to reach second place of the ranking of DALYs calculated for all ages, both sexes. Today, depression is already the second cause of DALYs in the age category 15-44 years for both sexes combined. – World Health Organisation
Depression will demand increasingly more time and skilful attention from all health professionals. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was originally developed to reduce the recurrence of depression by a collaboration of professors in Canada, USA and the UK. MBCT now forms part of some medical school curriculums, and is recommended by the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as a treatment of choice for depression.
Mindfulness-based approaches have now been shown to be effective in a broad range of areas including depression, stress, focus and compassion fatigue.
Learning Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and other Mindfulness-based approaches provides an often fundamentally new perspective and the tools for relating differently to self-criticism, negative thought and behaviour patterns and other triggers. Health and mental health professionals who attend training with the Mindfulness Centre gain crucial additional tools for dealing with depression, finding clarity and focus and kinder, wiser life choices. Mindfulness training and philosophy will not only give you simple yet significant tools to bring a fresh and meaningful difference to your clients, but in addition they may deeply enrich and rejuvenate your own life and practice.