MENTAL HEALTH IN THE UK - MINDFUL NATION UK REPORT
The Mindful UK Report, by the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group, is a full report which uses evidence from experts across several sectors, who have implemented mindfulness and directly seen beneficial results. The report highlights where policy makers should be investing resources and focussing their attention.
One of the key sectors investigated is 'health', with the report highlighting the issues of our poor mental health for the NHS, "....The effect of poor mental health on physical illnesses is estimated to cost the NHS at least £8 billion a year."
The Report goes on to explain that Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs) are "...participative, inviting an interest in the experience of the body and mind, and promoting a different relationship to them. This engaged participation is in keeping with self-management approaches to health which have emerged as important models in health care; mindfulness invites a fundamental transformation of the patient-caregiver relationship into a collaborative inquiring partnership. Mindfulness-based approaches offer great potential for positively transforming cultures of care."