Dorset HealthCare’s ‘Steps to Wellbeing’ service is offering a free Mindfulness course in the autumn, open to anyone registered with a Dorset GP. This will be led by Ellie Sturrock, a senior therapist who works regularly in Lyme and is a member of the National Network of Mindfulness Teachers.
Mindfulness helps us to live with a fuller awareness of life and an ability to relate to the difficult bits with greater kindness and clarity. It improves our ability to break unhelpful patterns and to grow new ones. We also start to enjoy the simple things and give up desires for the things we can't have and can't be.
Mindfulness can help people with anxiety and/or depressive symptoms, or who live with some form of difficulty. This could be in the internal world, such as cancer diagnosis, back pain, an ageing body, or the external: family problems, boredom, no spare time.
A short ‘taster’ session for anyone interested in the course will be held on Thursday 15th August from 10.00am - 11.30 at Lyme Regis Medical Centre. The full course comprises 8 sessions from 10.00am - 12.30pm on successive Thursdays, starting on Thursday 12th September, also at LRMC.
If you’re interested, ideally please find a moment to phone 0300 790 6828 and say you’d like an assessment for Ellie’s Mindfulness course in Lyme. But that’s not essential: you can turn up for the taster session even if you haven't called for the assessment – Ellie says “Just come anyway. We'd rather people in than out!” Commitments to the full course will be made after the taster session.
For people in our area this is a special opportunity which may not come again for a while.