Mindfulness – A parliamentary report

Glenn Roberts, a valued contributor to the Recovery Devon board, discovered this report recently and has shared it. Below are his comments, the report being attached and also added to our resource library.

Dear all

Re: Parliamentary recommendations on developing mindfulness meditation

We are probably all familiar with mindfulness… at least the word, and many will have some familiarity of it as a form of meditation practice which has found its way into health context as a support for wellbeing and resilience. It is an element in a number of well-regarded psychological therapies, such as DBT and ACT, can be found in the NICE guidelines as a recommendation for treatment of recurring depression and has been one of the most popular courses in our Recovery Learning Community.

But did you know it’s something that MP’s have taken seriously, reviewed the evidence in favour of its use and produced recommendations for developing mindfulness practices across a wide range of social settings including, schools, education, health and prisons? No? Neither did I, and I’m quite interested in all this. I can’t quite work out why I’ve only just found the attached report – Mindful Nation UK – which was published over a year ago. Personally I found it well written and offering a helpful explanation concerning what mindfulness meditation was and wasn’t; offering a useful review of research and experience based evidence in support of its far reaching recommendations.

It was the product of an all-party group of MP’s working on this for a year during which around 100 MP’s participated at some level in mindfulness meditation training. The review and report were sponsored by among others, Lord Layard, who was instrumental in setting up IAPT. One of its recommendations is to use some of the IAPT money to train Mindfulness trainers – 1200 by the year 2020. It has also arisen from at least some close connections with Exeter in that it arose from ‘The Mindfulness Initiative’ in 2013 which involved a collaboration across Exeter, Bangor and Oxford Universities. MP’s took evidence and were given training workshops by practitioners including Professor Willem Kuyken – previously of the Exeter Mood Disorder Service and now at the University of Oxford Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice.

If you are interested in mindfulness there’s a lot here to add to and support that interest. If you are needing to make the case for it being valued, invested in or developed in service settings you’ll find here a great deal of the evidence and supportive reasoning prepared and with authoritative endorsement.

See what you think.

Good wishes