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

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Dobie, Alana, Tucker, Alison, Ferrari, Madeleine and Rogers, Jeffrey Michael. (2016) Preliminary evaluation of a brief mindfulness-based stress reduction intervention for mental health professionals. Australasian Psychiatry. 24(1), pp. 42 - 45. https://doi.org/10.1177/1039856215618524
AuthorsDobie, Alana, Tucker, Alison, Ferrari, Madeleine and Rogers, Jeffrey Michael
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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.

Keywordsmental health professionals; mindfulness-based stress reduction; self-care; stress; workplace
Year2016
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Journal citation24 (1), pp. 42 - 45
PublisherAustralasian Psychiatry
ISSN1039-8562
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1039856215618524
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84986550174
Page range42 - 45
Research GroupSchool of Philosophy
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