When times are hard, it can be difficult to think positively. Instead, people often get trapped in a cycle of negative thoughts, which can lead to recurrent episodes of depression. In fact, research shows that if a person has had one experience of depression, there’s a 50 per cent chance of them having another – and if they’ve had three depressive episodes, the risks increases to 90 per cent.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is designed to help people break free of the negative thoughts that can tip them into a recurrence of depression.
Typically consisting of two-hour group sessions over an eight-week period, MBCT courses involve a combination of mind-body techniques like meditation and breath work, alongside exercises from cognitive therapy, such as role-playing stressful situations.
Watch the videos for people’s personal experiences of MBCT and how mindfulness has helped them to lead happier, more fulfilling lives.
You can experience the core elements of MBCT with our online mindfulness course.