Mindfulness – some background

The seminal mindfulness programme, is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. This originated with Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massechusetts

MBSR was adapted by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale to produce Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). The intention was to find a way of helping people to prevent relapse in recurrent bouts of depression; various studies have shown it to be as effective as medication in relapse prevention. The NHS has adopted MBCT as a recommended therapy, and Oxford University have researched its adoption by the NHS.

Vindyamala Burch is co-founder of Breathworks. Breathworks is based on MBSR, and has a specific focus on health issues.

Mindfulness is now being taught in schools. The Mindfulness in Schools project is training people to teach pupils in schools. Oxford University is currently studying the effect of teaching mindfulness in schools.