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Patients being treated for cancer or other life limiting illnesses at Basildon University Hospital, and their relatives, can benefit from a new mindfulness course.

When our mind gets stressed, our body reacts. Mindfulness helps us become more aware of what is happening so we can release stress, benefitting our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

The eight-week course will begin on Thursday 19 July and is being led by Donna Pieper the lead Macmillan counsellor at Basildon University Hospital.

She said: “The Mindfulness course at BTUH takes elements from the successful programme created in the late 1970’s by Jon Kabat-Zinn a professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Held between 9am and 11am, every Thursday, the eight week course offers intensive training in mindfulness mediation, based on ancient traditions.

“Regular mindfulness practice has been shown to have a positive impact on mental and physical health. We already offer mindfulness to hospital staff on a weekly basis, but thought it was time to extend the offer to our patients and their relatives too.”

To be eligible for the course you will need to be over 18 years old and can be either a patient or carer and be able to commit to the eight week course.

If you are interested in taking part and want to find out more information, please email

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