Online Referral

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Online Referral

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Due to the current situation relating to COVID-19 this course is currently running online, please  complete our booking form or contact us on 0114 226 4380 to book your place.

What is it?

First Steps in Mindfulness for Wellbeing is a free 4 week course which gives a practical introduction to mindfulness meditation, so that you can explore the benefits this can bring to your health and wellbeing.

This online course teaches simple mindfulness meditation practices which you can build into daily life, to help reduce problems such as stress, anxiety, low mood and pain.

The course is taught in by NHS Professionals who are trained and experienced mindfulness teachers.

 You will be provided with a downloadable course handbook and access to audio recordings of guided meditations for daily home use.

Who is this suitable for?

The course is suitable for anyone with an interest in exploring mindfulness meditation to support their health and wellbeing or to manage stress. However, please note the important message below about taking care of yourself.

To benefit fully, it’s important that you are able to attend all 4 sessions and complete the recommended home practice (15-30 minutes per day).

 

Taking Care of Yourself – Is this course right for me?

Many people find mindfulness meditation a pleasant and beneficial experience (even if they are currently experiencing high levels of stress).  However, we know that meditation may not be helpful for everyone.

Please read the following carefully before deciding to book a place on the course.

The course may not be suitable for you if you have experienced significant emotional challenges such as trauma, abuse, an acute mental health condition, recent loss or bereavement, major life changes or addiction to substances. 

In these circumstances, it may be advisable to wait until things have settled down enough to allow you to fully benefit from the course, or you may wish to try an alternative form of help or therapy available through IAPT or another service.  We recommend that you discuss this with your GP or other professional who may have recommended the course to you.

 

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The Online Course

This online course is run in a live webinar format with a lively and engaging visual presentation. Only the course teachers will be visible on screen and you do not need a webcam to take part. Participants can make comments and ask questions by text during the session.

Sessions are 90 minutes long with a break half way through

Every session will include two guided meditation practices, each around 10-15 minutes in length.  

There will be opportunities to share comments and ask questions.

Information will be presented about the benefits of mindfulness and approaches to learning the practice.

 

The dates are as follow:

  • Monday 10th January 2022, 17:30 till 19:00pm
  • Monday 14th February 2022, 17:30 till 19:00pm
  • Monday 21st March 2022, 17:30 till 19:00pm
  • Monday 9th May 2022, 17:30 till 19:00pm
  • Monday 13th June 2022, 17:30 till 19:00pm

Theme: “Coming to our Senses” – What is mindfulness and why practice it?

Practices:  The Bodyscan, Mindfulness of everyday activities.

Theme:  “The Wandering Mind” – Dealing with distraction, learning to watch our thoughts.

Practices:  The Bodyscan, Mindfulness of Breathing

Theme:  “Noticing our reactions” – How mindfulness helps us to notice thoughts and emotions.

Practices:  Mindfulness of Breathing, Mindfulness of Sounds and Thoughts

Theme:  “From Reacting to Responding” – Using mindfulness to respond helpfully to stress

Practices:  The Three Step Breathing Space,  The Bodyscan

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The benefits of mindfulness for wellbeing have been widely recognised over the last forty years or so.  Mindfulness is known to be helpful for people who experience depression, stress and anxiety, and also for people with a variety of physical health conditions, including pain.  People who practice mindfulness meditation often report a sense of greater calm and contentment, and the ability to respond to the stresses and strains of daily life in new ways.  

By giving over some time each day to practice, we can increase our ability to respond helpfully when we’re stressed or agitated. Mindfulness helps us to notice our experiences more clearly and become aware of our patterns of thinking and responding to things.  In this way we can step back from our automatic reactions and choose how best to respond.

It is important to note that this is an introductory course.  To experience the full benefits of mindfulness, you will need to continue to practice after completing the course, and may wish to further your learning through books, apps or courses, which will discussed in session 4.

What will happen before the course?

If you would like to access one of our courses and choose this option on the self-referral form, before you can start the course you will be invited to book an assessment call first with one of our course facilitators. You will receive a link via text message to choose a day and time that is convenient for your call. During your call you will be asked some questions to make sure that the course is right for you and you will find out more about what the course involves and can ask any questions you might have. Please note the call will be from a withheld number.

In the week before your course is due to start, you will receive an email from our admin team .The email will provide you with the meeting link, instructions on how to join and it will contain your workbook. This email will come from iaptinfo@shsc.nhs.uk, please add this to your contacts so the email doesn’t get lost in your spam.

Two days before each course session you will receive a text or an email (depending on your set preference) with a set of questionnaires. The text will be sent from SHEFF IAPT, and the email will be sent from webform@myprogress.info, please add this to your contacts so the email doesn’t get lost in your spam. These questionnaires will ask you about depression and anxiety and what symptoms you have noticed over the last 2 weeks. It is really helpful to complete them each week, as they allow both you and us to keep a track of any improvements in your mood.

What will happen after the course?

We hope you will find the course helpful, but sometimes it can take time to put the techniques into practice and notice improvements in your mood. We would encourage you to keep using the techniques in your workbook and give yourself a chance to practice them after the course.

After the course has finished and you have had a number of weeks to practice your techniques. We will contact participants who are still struggling with symptoms of depression and/or anxiety to see if our service can offer any further treatment or recommend any other services/support to you. This might also include participants who do not attend the whole course. Your telephone review will be booked with a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and will give you a chance to discuss the course, any questions and further options for treatment.

 

How do I access?

If you are interested in accessing this course, please go to our online referral form below and select the First Steps to Mindfulness course as your preferred treatment option, or call 0114 2264380. You will then be invited to book an assessment call first with one of our Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners.

How do I access?

Our next available First Steps in Mindfulness course will begin on Monday 17th August 17:30pm till 19:00pm and will take place online. Please complete our booking form or contact us on 0114 226 4380 to book your place.

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