Mindful nation UK : report by the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG)

Local Government Information Unit (LGIU)
Publication date:
01 October 2015


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:

  • commissioning of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy courses in the NHS for 87,000 adults at risk of recurrent depression every year until 2020, at a cost of £112 per person or £9.7 million a year
  • funding to train 100 MBCT teachers a year in the NHS through the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) training programme until 2020.