The Wardley Wellbeing Hub is the central area for the ACTNow campaign.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
According to the World Health Organisation, depression is the leading cause of years lost to illness in both low, middle and high income countries. The most commonly used treatment for major depression is anti-depressant medication. However, once the episode has passed, and people stop taking the medication, the depression can return.
According to the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) website at least 50% of first time depression sufferers are likely to relapse, and sufferers who have suffered two or three episodes of depression have an 80-90% chance of re-occurrence. MBCT are a group of professionals who have been trained to teach the MBCT programme.
Mindfulness can help people to learn how to recognise when their mood is beginning to go down, giving a greater opportunity for depression to be ‘nipped in the bud’ before it has gone too far. People who are suffering from depression may benefit from taking an MBCT course.
The MBCT programme
MBCT offers programmes that run for two hours per week over an eight week period, plus one all day session between weeks five and seven. Participants meet together in a class with a mindfulness teacher. There is a set of CDs to accompany the programme enabling people to continue to practise at home in between sessions. For further information, see the MBCT website.