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

Alana Dobie, Alison Tucker, Madeleine Ferrari, Jeffrey M. Rogers*

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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 mindfulnessbased 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-45
Number of pages4
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Mental health professionals
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction
  • Self-care
  • Stress
  • Workplace

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