Mental Health &
Thriving With Mindfulness
We are delighted that the Mental Health Foundation is a supporter of the show and their Chief Executive, Jenny Edwards CBE, will be coming along to give us an overview of how mindfulness has been proven to help with good mental health.
The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s charity for everyone’s mental health. With prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.
Every year, in May, we help to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. Since our first Mental Health Awareness Week in 2000 we have helped generate public debates around how anxiety, sleep deprivation and exercise can impact our mental health.
However, we should be looking at mental health from a different angle. Rather than ask why so many people are living with mental health problems, we should be seeking to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health. With people struggling to cope with the demands of life and stuck on getting through the day, at the show we will explore:
- how many of us are surviving or thriving, and the difference between the two
- why some communities are under strain and what government can do to support them to thrive
- what steps we can take to look after our mental health, building resilience to cope with the demands of life
Our Journey With Mindfulness
One of the steps people can take to better understand and protect their mental health is to implement the practice of mindfulness into everyday life. It has been proven to help people pay attention to their present moment, becoming more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and body sensations so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, they’re better able to manage them. Practising mindfulness can give more insight into our emotions, boost attention and concentration, and improve our relationships.
Mindfulness has come a long way since we first started signposting people to our dedicated mindfulness site BeMindful.co.uk in 2010 and our online mindfulness course BeMindfulOnline.com.
On our seven-year journey with Mindfulness we have been working hard to achieve two things. First, enabling more people to access the benefits of mindfulness and secondly ensuring high-quality, evidence-based standards to ensure a positive experience.
Being engaged with initiatives such as The Mindful Living Show can encourage more people to explore mindfulness and deepen their practice. It also highlights how the discussion around mindfulness is maturing and becoming more mainstream. We hope it will contribute to many more people thriving with good mental health.