It’s no secret that stress, anxiety and depression are widespread. Stress is the number one cause for employees being signed off from work, and Hackney has one of the highest rates of people citing mental health problems as the reason they are unable to work.
Mindfulness is a simple everyday technique that has been scientifically proven to bring significant benefits including enhanced mental wellbeing, reduced stress levels and better concentration. It has grown in popularity over the last few years and is advocated by high-profile figures such as Ruby Wax, Davina McCall, senior MPs and global companies including Google and eBay.
Through ‘Take a Pause’, residents in Hackney and the City of London are able to access free information, online resources and practical support such as mindfulness group sessions and mindful yoga, to support them to take a pause in their everyday lives to practice mindfulness.
The campaign launched during Mental Health Awareness Week of 2015 and now returns this July, with a free event hosted by our supporters Dalston Eastern Curve Garden on Wednesday 26 July 2017- the Take a Pause: Wellbeing Festival. Find the Facebook event here. In 2015, the evening saw 150 people gather in the garden on a beautiful sunny evening to enjoy delicious food and drink, music, and free complementary therapies including massage and mindful yoga. They experienced the benefits of Mindfulness in one of Dalston’s most beautiful hidden spots through a short guided mindfulness practice. It also promoted City and Hackney’s new Wellbeing Network, launched earlier this year, which offers a range of free therapeutic groups and courses to support Hackney and City residents to improve their mental wellbeing. CIPD/ Simplyhealth Absence survey, 2011 Hackney Health and Well Being Profile 2012
We're asking everyone in Hackney, the City and beyond to 'Take a Pause' - try our 5-minute mindfulness exercise. Then, if you use Twitter or Facebook, why not share a word or picture which sums up what you got from the session?
You can tweet to us at @mindchwf using the #takeapause hashtag, or share a post with us on Facebook explaining your experience of mindfulness.
You could also nominate three friends to do the Take a Pause challenge, try mindfulness and see the benefits for themselves!
Let's be part of the Mindful Revolution. Check out our Twitter page here for more.
If you have not already registered with our site, complete the details below. You will receive an email to confirm your details. Once this is done please navigate back to this page and click on the button to join the group.
We have a five-minute mindfulness practice with one of our own practitioners, here. It's free and easy to access, so why not Take a Pause now?
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Organisations supporting our Take a Pause campaign.Read more
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