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A church and a mental health charity are working together to launch a free digital mindfulness session in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The mindfulness sessions are an hour long and focus on giving advice and techniques for well-being as an introduction to see if there’s an interest in doing some more digital sessions.
Mind in Salford has had to adapt to provide help remotely. During isolation, more time is spent at home and alone so there is no better time to introduce practicing mindfulness.
Andy Salmon, from Sacred Trinity Church stated: “I get the impression that people who don’t get particularly anxious are getting more anxious because of the pandemic.
“With mental health, it’s really important that people feel able to talk to others. Doing something together like that helps to give permission to have conversations.”
Mind in Salford helped 4697 people last year, with that figure rising throughout the pandemic.
Professor Mark Williams is a former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.
“Mindfulness also allows us to become more aware of the stream of thoughts and feelings that we experience, to see how we can become entangled in that stream in ways that are not helpful”, he said.
Andy Salmon says: “ The mind sessions are absolutely one hundred percent worth doing and it’s definitely worth organisations getting in touch with Mind if they think it’s something they would like to put on.
“By looking after our mental health, we make ourselves more useful to others. If we neglect ourselves, then we’re no good to anybody else. It’s important that we do find those ways to look after ourselves and be the best people we can be.”
Mind in Salford has grant funding from the council to provide sessions during Covid-19, where people might be feeling particularly stressed.