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Meditation therapy should be available on NHS

6th January 2010

The Mental Health Foundation has said that meditation should be routinely available on the NHS to treat recurring bouts of depression.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), which combines meditation with orthodox thought training, is already recommended for recurrent depression by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. A report by the Mental Health Foundation argues that if more GPs could offer the therapy to their patients it would cut the financial burden of depression, which costs the UK economy £7.5 billion a year.

 

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