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Mindfulness at the UK Parliament (Mindful Nation UK)

Exclusive video: landmark British report on Mindfulness presented to an all-party group at the UK Parliament.

In the past 40 years mindfulness has found its way into the mainstream of medicine, health care, and psychology, where it has been broadly applied and continues to be widely studied through clinical research and neuroscience.

This ground-breaking report exclusively filmed by the Awake Academy team lays out recommendations for the provision of mindfulness across many public policy areas in Britain. The Mindful Nation UK report examines the role that mindfulness could play in areas such as health, education, the workplace and criminal justice, as well as looking at how the training can be offered with integrity in these fields.

In his foreword, Jon Kabat-Zinn says the report:

“May be a singular and defining document…addressing some of the most pressing problems of society at their very root—at the level of the human mind and heart.”

Kabat-Zinn also suggests that the report can be “an inspiration and model for other nations and governments” seeking to meet similar challenges.

The All-Party Group’s recommendations are practical, based on a summary of existing evidence for mindfulness.

In health, it recommends expanding the opportunity for people who experience recurrent depression to take a course of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), as well as funding the training of competent teachers to deliver those courses.

In education, it recommends designating schools to pioneer the further development of mindfulness training for teachers and young people.

In the workplace, it urges government departments to take a lead by training their own staff in mindfulness, and encouraging examples of best practice and quality research.

And in the criminal justice system, it invites consideration to be given to offering mindfulness training to offenders with depression.

Speakers included in the video:

  • Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP – Minister of State for Community and Social Care
  • Tracey Crouch MP – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage
  • Professor Willem Kuyken – Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford. Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre
  • Professor Mark Williams – Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford. Author of bestselling book Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World. Mark developed MBCT, along with colleagues John Teasdale and Zindel Segal
  • Three young pupils who have undertaken a mindfulness course in their schools: Enaya Ali, Haroon Hussein, and Adam Long

The Mindful Nation UK report is the result of a 12-month inquiry by the all-party parliamentary group on mindfulness into how mindfulness training can benefit UK services and institutions. The report brings a clear and considered voice to a field that has captured the public imagination and has great potential, but has previously been subject to widespread misunderstanding and lack of consistent public information.

This parliamentary work is of global significance, representing the first time that mindfulness has been seriously considered as national public policy.

This exclusive video was made in collaboration with The Mindfulness Initiative that was responsible for the research and writing of this report.

January 19, 2021

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