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Mindfulness expert to give talk at Blackburn Cathedral
Mark Williams, recently retired Professor of Clinical Psychology at Oxford University and an Anglican priest, is to speak at a major conference on 'Mindfulness' at Blackburn Cathedral in May.
Mindfulness is an approach to daily living which has been shown to be of great help to people trying to cope with stress, anxiety and even suicidal thoughts.
It is being used especially in the National Health Service, not just with patients but with staff who need help in coping with the pressures of the job.
Canon Michael Wedgeworth, Chair of Healthwatch Lancashire and organiser of the event, says: “We are really pleased that Professor Williams is coming to Blackburn. He is a world authority on mindfulness, as well as a most engaging speaker.”
“We are inviting people across Lancashire to attend, including those who work for the National Health Service and public services generally.
“We are grateful for the support we are receiving in putting on the event from Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria, which is a partnership of organisations working to improve health and social care for local people.
“The Cathedral is delighted to be able to play this part in pointing to ways in which the mental well-being of our communities can be strengthened.”
The Mindfulness Conference will be held during Mental Health Week on May 9 and 10.
The full programme and booking details will be announced shortly and will appear on the Diocesan and Cathedral websites at that time.