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Mindfulness for Depression: Theory and Practice

Thu October 9, 2014 @ 19:0021:00

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An award winning talk which explores different treatments for depression and how mindfulness may help.


Prof Stephen Lawrie, Head of Psychiatry & Beltane Public Engagement Fellow, University of Edinburgh
Dr Nuno Ferreira, Lecturer, Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh
Michael Bready, Youthmindfulness

An event celebrating World Mental Health Day (Friday 10th October 2014).

Depression is surprisingly common, affecting about one in 20 of us at any point in time, and as many as one-half of humanity over the average lifetime. Major life changes and stressors can bring about depression, which we may feel we have little or no control over.

People with depression are often unable to see that they do have choices and can bring about change in a variety of ways. Several studies have demonstrated that a variety of psychological methods can be effective in treating the symptoms experienced, reducing the chances they will return and may also help prevent a person with mild depression from becoming more severely depressed. Some of the more common psychological methods used are those such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a modern form of cognitive behavioural therapy that emphasises a behavioural approach to living with depression. In common with other mindfulness therapies, ACT shares an emphasis on compassion, kindness and common humanity. The goal of the therapy is to use acceptance and mindfulness in the service of taking steps closer to what is important in life, rather than follow a strategy of ‘once I control my depression; then I will start doing the things I used to do’.

Join us for a series of talks from 3 experts looking at the range of psychological treatments available, including the use of ACT and other Mindfulness types of therapy, their use and possible benefits.

Refreshments from 6.30pm. 

This event is ticketed, booking details to follow soon.  This event takes place in the Lasswade Community Hub.

Speaker Details:

Prof Stephen Lawrie, Head of the Division of Psychiatry, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh
As an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist with NHS Lothian, Professor Lawrie works as a general psychiatrist in Edinburgh and in the South-East Scotland regional adult ASD clinical service. His overarching research  goal is to develop research tools to provide objective diagnoses and improve the management of major psychiatric disorder.

Dr Nuno Ferreira, Lecturer, Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh
Dr Ferreira is interested in the use and development of Third Wave Cognitive Behavioural approaches in particular the applications of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for long-term or chronic health conditions, and is interested in developing intervention models based on ACT across all populations and age groups.

Michael Bready, Youthmindfulness
Michael discovered mindfulness at the age of 18 and has been practising ever since. He established Youth Mindfulness 3 years ago and in that time has taught thousands of children, teens and young adults. Bringing humour, energy and passion to his teaching, Michael seeks to inspire young people, enabling them to realise that such qualities as awareness, inner strength, clarity, and kindness can become living realities.

This is a free but ticketed event.





Thu October 9, 2014
19:00 – 21:00
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