AWARE celebrate their second Mindfulness Day
AWARE is the national depression charity for Northern Ireland. On November 10, AWARE celebrated their annual Mindfulness day to encourage people to place a greater importance on their mental health by using the practice of Mindfulness on a daily basis. The AWARE Mindfulness Day took place in the Glasshouse, Stormont and welcomed a range of speakers from Queen’s University, Health and Social Care Trust as well as well renowned PR agency, JComms. The speakers all came together to discuss the important role mindfulness plays in their daily personal and professional lives.
AWARE has been delivering Mindfulness programmes to community groups, schools and workplaces across Northern Ireland for over two years and in the last financial year, they delivered 36 programmes to close to 400 people. The practice of Mindfulness can be especially helpful for people with mental health problems such as depression, anxiety or those with a chronic physical illness.
Mindfulness is the ancient practice of being in the moment which is achieved by focusing on one of our senses, be it touch, vision, hearing, taste or smell. It is a skill anyone can acquire and gives us a more enlightened understanding of how we have become enslaved by our thoughts and emotions.
AWARE Chief Executive believes Mindfulness plays a key role in aiding the recovery of depression and preventing further relapse. Siobhan said,
“AWARE Mindfulness courses provide people with the tools that enable and empower them to discover their full potential. Past participants have told us that AWARE Mindfulness programmes have helped them to discover a new way of being in the present moment and have reported an increased confidence and awareness in their own abilities.
“AWARE has introduced a variety of innovative Mindfulness training programmes including lunchtime session of Mindfulness in the Workplace; Mindfulness for Professionals; Mindfulness for Carers and Mindfulness Based Compassion Workshops. As we approach our winter programmes, we are conscious that in people’s busy lives they may be unable to commit to longer programmes, so we have introduced a new three week programme as well as a new Mindfulness for Professionals Condensed Course.”
AWARE Mindfulness Practitioner, Frank Liddy, has over 30 years’ experience in the delivery of Mindfulness.
"I am delighted to be presenting at the second AWARE Mindfulness Day. We can be so busy in our lives that we miss the meaning of ‘now.’ Mindfulness practice has been proven to help prevent recurring depression and is an effective treatment for anxieties and worries. It is an essential skill for everyday living.
“It was great to see so many people at the AWARE Mindfulness Day from all sectors including those from community and voluntary, private and statutory sectors.
Chris Harrison, Director of JComms participated in a Mindfulness programme along with his colleagues. Chris spoke at the AWARE Mindfulness Day and said,
“We were interested in Mindfulness from the perspective of helping increase focus by filtering out the many distractions and noise that are inevitable in our industry. I feel that it has been very beneficial, helping control information over load and focus on the present moment.”