Being mindful of mental health

Silverburn in Leven
Silverburn in Leven

The organisation charged with the revitalisation of Silverburn park is returning to its roots in the field of mental health.

FEAT (Fife Employment Access Trust) is staging an event tomorrow (Thursday) at the Leven venue as part of Menntal Health Awareness Week.

The theme is ‘Mindfulness’ and three instructors will be visiting Silverburn for sessions including meditation and walking.

People are invited to join in by heading along to No. 3 Cottage for 11am, with the sessions continuing until just before 3pm.

Mindfulness is the practice of deliberately and gently focusing attention on the present moment, to enrich our experiences of activities, rather than going through everyday life on ‘auto-pilot’, which many people do.

FEAT’s main tasks include helping people who have had mental health problems to find employment, and “to enable and support individuals to reach their full positive mental wellbeing in a culture where there is no stigma”.

General manager Duncan Mitchell said research had shown mindfulness could be just as successful as prescribed drugs in treating severe depression – while it could benefit everyone’s health and wellbeing, whether or not they had experienced mental health difficulties.