Stress Less With Mindfulness: A 12-Week Community Mental Health Program

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Authors: Layla Weiss and Andrea Simcocks, NSW

Year: 2010

Event: 2010 TheMHS Conference


Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 9780975765364

Abstract: Stress is a well-known major risk factor for relapse of mental illnesses. Mindfulness techniques have been shown to be effective in reducing stress, decreasing symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as reducing risk of relapse. This paper describes ‘Stress Less with Mindfulness’ a stress management program, based on mindfulness-based techniques that was run in an outpatient Community Health Centre, for a mixed population. Evaluations included the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale, as well as a qualitative evaluation. Our study provides preliminary support for the amalgamation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), in order to effectively meet the needs of a mixed diagnostic group, with results showing decreasing levels of stress and affective measures.

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