Mindful Nation UK provides evidence of the effectiveness of mindfulness training in health and education. We summarise the issues raised and comment on the benefits and challenges of the approach, such as the difficulties of implementing high quality mindfulness.
The report outlines the findings of the inquiry by the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group on how mindfulness can contribute to health, education, the social justice system and the workplace. This briefing focuses on two areas: mental health and education.
Since 2004, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as an effective prevention tool for people at risk of recurrent depression. However, the provision of quality mindfulness programmes is extremely patchy across the UK, due to a shortage of well-trained mindfulness teachers in the NHS and a number of systemic barriers. Mindful Nation UK recommends: