- 15th May, 2015
Mindfulness is the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Its a word that is commonly used to describe a technique aimed at encouraging people to manage the intrusive, ruminating thoughts and feelings that can create anxiety and depression.
It’s become very popular in recent years, too popular perhaps, according to this newspaper article http://ind.pn/1HjjnMm “It isn’t going to cure our mental health crisis”, and “it looks set to join medication as the one size fits answer to mental health problems”.
However there are, according to MIND, “75% of people with mental health problems get no help at all” and whilst mindfulness may be questionable for deep rooted mental health issues, ruling it out is not an option either. It is an excellent management and preventative technique to help people cope to achieve some ‘peace’ in their lives and create a sense of balance and control. So what is the mental health crisis?