Dr Elena Antonova, Lecturer in Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London, talks exclusively to comedian and mental health campaigner Professor Ruby Wax in this frank yet funny video about mental health and the role that mindfulness and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) has played in her life.
Recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a way to prevent depression in people who have had three or more bouts of depression in the past, mindfulness is certainly an area that has grown in both popularity and public awareness during recent years.
“Unless I can see it or feel it, I’m not believing it!” – Ruby Wax
Listen to Ruby as she talks openly with Dr Antonova about her personal experiences with depression and how she decided to weave mindfulness together with how the brain works in order to take the audience on an unexpected but well-received journey during her ‘Frazzled’ book and tour.
Meanwhile, here at the IoPPN, our experiential and neuroscientific understanding of mindfulness serves as the bridge to understanding its efficacy as a psychotherapeutic intervention for managing physical and mental conditions. Both our online master’s courses in Psychology & Neuroscience of Mental Health and Applied Neuroscience contain a mindfulness module; and conceptual issues surrounding mindfulness are also explored to encourage flexible and critical thinking about the concept itself and how it is best researched.