Stress has become an increasing aspect in many people’s lives. ‘1 in 4 of us suffers from a mental health condition, 1 in 5 of us suffers from dandruff!’ (Ruby Wax) Which are we most likely to talk about? Which is more important? Fortunately a more proactive approach is being taken to acknowledging stress-related mental health issues. It’s interesting to note that levels of anxiety being experienced now would have been categorised as clinical 40 years ago.

At the Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion (NCMC) we’re delighted that addressing stress is the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Research shows that most of us experience improved health when we eat a balanced diet, exercise, and sleep well, and more recently neuroscience indicates there is much we can do to support a healthy mind. Regular practice of mindfulness techniques contributes to quicker recovery from illness, and more capacity to weather life’s ups and downs (Rick Hanson).

Our mindfulness-based courses address stress and our relationship with it, offering mindfulness practices that develop emotional resilience in the face of busy, demanding lives.

A quick glance at our Eventbrite page – – reveals a range of courses, retreats and workshops offering a variety of ways to experience mindfulness. These include taster sessions and introductory workshops, and short or medium length courses focussing on
mindfulness for health/ stress-reduction,
managing periods of change,
meeting the challenges of parenting and
cultivating creativity.
Click on each link for more information and details.

We also offer in-house courses for organisations who recognise the importance of their role in creating healthier working environments.

Please get in touch – – if we can be of help.

The NCMC team

PS no need to wait to be experiencing difficultly – many attend simply to prioritise and nurture their psychological well-being.