CAN MINDFULNESS REALLY HELP

WITH STRESS?



In a recent BBC documentary presenter Fiona Phillips examined 'The Truth about Stress', why anxiety and stress levels have increased in our lives and what we can do to help reduce them. Fiona investigated the latest scientific thinking and how we can channel our feelings so that they can be turned into a positive, rather than affecting our mental health.


In the programme, Fiona examined a number of techniques and looked at lifestyle changes that we can implement to help manage our anxiety levels. In particular, she looked at the truth behind mindfulness, speaking to an expert about the science who highlighted, on a brain scan, the stark differences between a mind that is meditating and a mind that is 'wandering'.  


She talked to teenagers, who are coping with exam stress, watching them meditate and understanding how they are using mindfulness to help them focus. She also talked to teachers who are increasingly receiving mindfulness training to help them teach their students mindfulness techniques and practices.


The Mindful Living Show is welcoming a range of experts to the show to share their experiences about stress and how mindfulness can help, examining the science and looking at a range of simple, meditation techniques which you can build into your everyday life. 


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Ruby Wax
Comedienne and Writer
rubywax.net

Ruby Wax is known for her extensive comedy and television interview career.
Following her hugely successful career with BBC television as an interviewer and comedian, Ruby Wax turned her attention to the study of psychotherapy and neuroscience, graduating from Oxford University in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.


She is also an Alumna and Honorary Senior Fellow of Regent’s University London’s with an MA in Psychotherapy and Councelling, and a Visiting Professor in the School of Mental Health Nursing at University of Surrey. She is the author of the best-selling book Sane New World.


Described as a guide to saner living, Ruby explains how our minds can jeopardize our sanity, and that to break the cycle, we need to understand how our brains work, rewire our thinking and find calm in a frenetic world. Her show of the same name, combines neuroscience, mindfulness and comedy, helping audiences to become the masters, not the slaves of their minds.


Sane New World has toured both internationally and in London’s West End. She also founded Black Dog Tribe, a social networking site providing information and social support for people suffering with mental health issues. She presented her TedTalk at TedGlobal 2012 “What’s So Funny about Mental Illness”?, Ruby’s most recent book ‘A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled’ also topped the Sunday Times Bestseller’s list and her new show of the same is touring in the UK and Australia in 2017 in addition to a West End run.


She was recently awarded an OBE for services to mental health, and an Honorary Doctorate in Psychology from the University of East London.


Mindful Living Show Presentation
Friday 2nd June
12.00pm-12.30pm
Session Title: A Mindfulness Guide to the Frazzled


The forum is an opportunity to engage in discussion with me to explore further the power of mindfulness practice and how it can be applied in daily life. This event is your passport to saner living. I might not be sane myself but I do a pretty good imitation!


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Jenny Edwards CBE
Chief Executive
Mental Health Foundation

Jenny has been Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation since 2013. She has focused the Foundation’s work on the prevention of and early intervention in mental health problems.  


Jenny is a member of the Common Mental Health Disorders Expert Reference Group; the Mental Health Policy Group; the Dementia Truth Inquiry Panel, the Steering Group of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition and the CCG Mental Health Leadership Programme.


Previously, Jenny chaired the Ministerial Advisory Group on Homelessness and the Mayor’s Roundtable of Homelessness. Jenny was instrumental in founding the Making Every Adult Matter Alliance, focusing on the multiple needs of mental health, addiction, homelessness and offending.  She co-authored the Hard Edges Report, mapping severe and multiple disadvantage across England. She was awarded a CBE in 2011 for her work.  To look after her mental health, Jenny enjoys walking and attending the opera.


For more information about Jenny's presentation and the Mental Health Foundation, please click here

Mindful Living Show Presentation
Friday 2nd June
11.20am-11.50am
Session Title: Breaking Down Barriers to Access Mindfulness

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Ed Halliwell
Teacher, Speaker & Author
Mindfulness Sussex & Mindfulness London

Ed Halliwell is one of the UK's best known teachers, speakers and authors on the subject of Mindfulness; a director of Mindfulness Sussex and Mindfulness London, he is also an advisor to the Mindfulness Initiative, which is working with the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group to develop mindfulness based politics in he UK.


His career started in journalism including titles such as Time Out, the Independent On Sunday, Elle, the Observer and FHM (where he was deputy editor). Informed by experiences of depression and anxiety in the early 2000's, he started writing about health and well-being and studied counselling and psychotherapy.  He also began researching and writing reports for the Mental Health Foundation, including the Be Mindful Report, published in 2010, which called for increased availability of mindfulness-based approaches in the NHS.


He began practising mindfulness meditation in 2001 and now teaches mindfulness full time.  He runs workshops, retreats and courses in London, Sussex and Surrey, and also speaks at festivals, conferences and other events as well as teaching mindfulness in organisations.  He regularly contributes to a range of written and broadcast media, most often The Guardian and Mindful magazine, and he is the author of three books, 'Into the Heart of Mindfulness', 'Mindfulness: How to live Well By Paying Attention' and 'The Mindfulness Manifesto.


Mindful Living Show Presentation
Friday 2nd June
10.30am-11.10am
Session Title: Into the Heart of Mindfulness


Alongside scientific evidence and public interest in mindfulness, there has also been misunderstanding and hype. Ed Halliwell dispels some myths by taking us 'into the heart of mindfulness', sharing his experience of how practice can help in difficult times, as a sustained way of working with the challenges of life.  He will offer grounded and practical ways we can be more appreciative of the joys - and cope better with life's stresses.  Also exploring how it can help us create a more compassionate and contented society.

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Dr Patrizia Collard
Teacher, Author & University Lecturer
Enter Mindfulness

Dr Patrizia Collard is a psychotherapist, trainer and coach offering a unique combination of professional qualifications and personal experience. Dr Collard uses her deep understanding of the destructive impact of stress and the resultant addictive/obsessive behaviour and increased anxiety to teach the practice of mindful meditation.

Dr Collard incorporates a large variety of techniques and approaches into her work, adapting her method to suit each situation, whether this involves working with individuals, groups or whole organisations. Her wide range of approaches and methodologies includes cognitive behavioural therapy, rational emotive behaviour therapy, core energy management, existential therapy, drama therapy, yoga and meditation, relaxation, and self-hypnosis.
 
Having worked for many years as a university lecturer, school teacher, and actor, roles in which the ability to communicate ideas is critical and essential, Dr Collard’s workshops and personal sessions offer a fun, engaging and insightful way of developing a number of life-skills. She also lived in the Far East for 9 years (Hong Kong and China), where she developed a uniquely holistic approach. She is a member of many prominent psychotherapy organisations (BABCP, UKCP, Association for Coaching, Austrian Association for Behaviour Therapy, Institute for Health Promotion and Education and Obsessive Action) and is always in touch with current developments in her field of expertise.

Mindful Living Show Presentation
Friday 2nd June
14.00pm-14.30pm
Session Title: Managing Stress and Anxiety with Mindfulness