We have been working together for nearly 10 years developing good practice for mindfulness teachers working with people with cancer. During that time we have trained health professionals from near and far to teach Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer (MBCT-Ca).
As our this work has taken us further afield (Italy and Hong Kong in 2019), we started to look at the UK context for health and care workers. MBCT for Cancer uses many very brief mindfulness practices. These are found to be invaluable to people with cancer who can become overwhelmed with feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. These same approaches and our brief ‘Everyday Mindfulness’ training days with community mental health teams and hospice staff has inspired us to develop this further. And thus Mayfly was born!
17 million days were taken off sick by NHS staff in 2017The Guardian, 28 June 2017
We are concerned about the experience of health and care staff who feel demoralised and overburdened. 17 million days were taken off sick by NHS staff in 2017. Many of these are over an extended period due to stress and mental ill health. In response to this, we offer day long trainings to group of similar staff within teams teaching them micro mindfulness practices that they learn to integrate into their work and home lives. Our work shows us that tiny regular moments of stopping and being mindful resources staff to build resilience and empathy, and find ways of enjoying life more.
Trish and Christina
 The Guardian, 28 June 2017