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Australas Psychiatry. 2016 Feb;24(1):42-5. doi: 10.1177/1039856215618524. Epub 2015 Dec 3.

Preliminary evaluation of a brief mindfulness-based stress reduction intervention for mental health professionals.

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1
Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, NSW, Australia.
2
Occupational Therapist, Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, NSW, Australia.
3
Clinical Psychologist Registrar, School of Psychology, Australian Catholic University, Strathfield, NSW, Australia.
4
Clinical Neuropsychologist, School of Psychology, Australian Catholic University, Strathfield, NSW, Australia jeffrey.rogers@acu.edu.au.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Mental health professionals are particularly susceptible to occupational stress; however, there are limited formal programmes to address the problem. This paper discusses the preliminary results of a brief mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programme for practising professionals in a public hospital mental health unit.

METHOD:

A mixed-group of nine mental health professionals participated in eight weeks of daily 15-minute MBSR training interspersed with three 30-minute education sessions developed by the authors (AD and AT). Levels of psychological distress and mindfulness skill were measured before and immediately after participation.

RESULTS:

Following the brief MBSR programme, quantitative and qualitative participant feedback revealed a perceived reduction in psychological distress.

CONCLUSIONS:

A brief MBSR programme can be incorporated into the full-time workloads of practicing mental health professionals, potentially addressing a significant unmet workplace need.

KEYWORDS:

mental health professionals; mindfulness-based stress reduction; self-care; stress; workplace

PMID:
26635376
DOI:
10.1177/1039856215618524
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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