MPs take mindfulness course to tackle depression in Parliament – ‘I had to do something’ | Politics | News – UK

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One politician involved in the course said: “I knew I had to do something about stress and work life balance – Mindfulness never crossed my mind till I discovered the course and it is working for me.”

Another said that after attending a class: “I even managed to sleep well that night”.

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Another said: “The course empowered me to reframe my life from insurmountable pressures and problems to tackling issues in proportion and finding an inner calm – restoring quality to every day.”

The classes have been arranged by the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group, chaired by Labour MP Chris Ruane and Conservative MP Tim Loughton, a former education minister.

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Lessons are provided by staff from the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

It states on its website: “If you are feeling generally ‘dissatisfied’ with your life, have a sense of ‘missing out’ on moments of pleasure and joy, or are experiencing stress, anxiety, low mood or recurrent depression, this course could help you.”

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The courses have also been attended by 250 parliamentary staff at a time when stress and problems with bullying have made headlines from Parliament.

Lessons are free but attendees are encouraged to make a donation to charity.

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