Mental Health

Mindfulness Meditation Kingston and New Malden is not a medical or health services organisation or forum. The information presented on this website is in no way intended as medical and/or psychiatric advice, is not provided for the purpose of diagnostics or treating medical and/or psychiatric problems nor is it a substitute for medical and/or psychiatric treatment. A range of appropriate treatments are available on the NHS for issues like Social anxiety disorder, Panic attacks, Depression, Anxiety etc. 

Please discuss all mental health concerns with your doctor and perhaps enquire if he/she is familiar with Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) as recommended by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). 

The Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme supports the front-line NHS in implementing National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders. It was created to offer patients a realistic and routine first-line treatment, combined where appropriate with medication which traditionally had been the only treatment available. If you are a patient or a potential patient of an NHS IAPT service and have a query or concern about your treatment or options available to you, you should contact your local service, using the contact details that can be found in this link: London NHS IAPT Services.

Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed 
to building a happier and more caring society. We want to 
see a fundamentally different way of life - where people 
care less about what they can get just for themselves 
and more about the happiness of others.

Can meditation help with mental illness?

Absolutely. Emotional states such as anxiety, depression, phobias and addictions, all represent a dysfunction of the normal relationship between the original mammalian brain the “emotional” – brain (in anatomical terms, the mid-brain of the amygdala and the thalamus and the limbic system) and the thinking or “logical” brain (anatomically the neocortex).

When suffering from anxiety or depression, especially depression, the individual can appear lifeless but the reality is, there is a lot going on inside that person. Their thoughts and worries are racing at 100 miles per hour and in turn all kinds of stress hormones including cortisol and adrenalin are coursing through their body.

Meditation relaxes the person which engages the rational brain instead of the emotional brain. So, by stopping negative/anxious thoughts, we disengage the emotional brain and we get a more rational or logical perspective on our thought patterns and ultimately the life situation we may be faced with. We also therefore reduce the physical effects of these hormones ruminating. The Huffington Post UK

All over the world, research has shown that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
can halve the risk of future clinical depression in people who have already been depressed
several times. Its effects seem comparable to antidepressant medications. But how?

In 2007, renowned psychologists John Teasdale, Mark Williams, and Zindel Segan penned
the bestseller The Mindful Way Through Depression to explain how bringing awareness to
all your activities can battle the blues.

Why is meditation more important than ever?

Emotional illnesses such as anxiety and depression are at a level of epidemic proportions. It is stated that 70 million working days a year are lost to stress-related emotional illnesses such as anxiety. This costs the UK economy more than £1,000 per employee every year – almost £30 billion a year overall – through sickness absence or employees under-performing.

In addition, the cost of these illnesses to the health service alone is estimated at billions of pounds per annum. The UK is not alone – there are roughly 40 million Americans thought to be currently suffering from some form of anxiety.

Can you think back to what was going on five years ago – in the year 2007? It was a year before Apple had launched their App Store, two years before Amazon launched the Kindle and still three years before the iPad. Twitter was handling 100,000 tweets per month (it now handles around 340 million tweets per day) and Facebook was roughly 10% of the size it is today. Technology is rapidly changing the way we live – or should I say, controlling the way we live. The Huffington Post UK

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Action for Happiness helps people take action for a happier and more caring world

The Pursuit of Happiness: A New Ambition for our Mental Health ~ July 2014

Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies ~ July 2014