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Why I . . . teach mindfulness

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l4013 (Published 25 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4013
  1. Helen Jones
  1. London, UK

Newcastle based GP and coach Lucy Harrison tells Helen Jones how teaching and practising mindfulness has helped her support other doctors and provide better patient care

Lucy Harrison was first prompted to research mindfulness when she experienced recurring depression. “There is an evolving and impressive neuroscientific background on its effectiveness, so in 2015 I signed up for a local eight week course,” she says.

The results were striking. “It was beyond what I had been expecting,” she says. “I became less prone to rumination and had less fear of relapsing into depression. I was kinder and more compassionate towards myself and I opened up to the more joyful aspects of life, which I had neglected.” …

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