Mindfulness-based treatment approaches
Meanwhile convincing evidence exists that mindfulness-based treatments are useful in many clinical situations. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, is practiced widely and is recognised for its often life-changing effects.
More recently, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) has grown in popularity. Building on the mounting scientific evidence the Mental Health Foundation recommends mindfulness meditation as psychological treatment for depression and launched the campaign “Be mindful” to spread the word and make mindfulness training more widely available. Their campaign website offers some useful background information and podcasts on mindfulness. Their recent report on mindfulness-based treatment approaches lays the groundwork for using mindfulness based therapies within the NHS and beyond – and explores the potential knock on effects for society at large. Its publication attracted large media attention as for instance in the times online.