Mindfulness for Mental Health
All funds raised will be used towards mindfulness for mental health for the disadvantaged, delivered through the Centre for Mindfulness Studies' groundbreaking Community Program.
Watch this 3-minute video to see the personal impact:
What We Do
People who live on the margins of society suffer disproportionately from depression, stress and anxiety, and face systemic barriers to getting the help they need.
The Centre for Mindfulness Studies is breaking down these barriers in ways that are strategic, compassionate and sustainable. We partner with social service agencies to develop and train them to teach mindfulness programs tailored to their communities.
Mindfulness is an affordable group-based treatment that has been shown to prevent depressive relapse (equivalent to anti-depressants), treat acute depression and anxiety, addictions and other mental health problems.
Your gift will help make mindfulness accessible for all.
Mindfulness-based therapy can make a real difference. Just ask Francis, who went from substance abuse to healing and helping others. "Practicing together in a group is such a profound experience. It has made me more present with others. It’s overpowering to realize how connected we all are." Read his full story here.
“What this program is doing for the world is so needed. It is truly moving mental wellness in an amazing direction.” - Angela Kontgen
Where your dollars go
Programs funded by Mindfulness Challenge include:
- We're expanding the GROW Mindfulness for Youth program, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Starting in 2019, GROW will train and mentor social service professionals for 3 years, embedding mindfulness in over 20 youth-serving agencies. This is the most comprehensive training of its kind, and the data gained will be instrumental in convincing key decision makers to fund similar programs.
- For two winters, hundreds of homeless people had access to a weekly 1.5 hour mindfulness group at Beth Shalom’s Out of the Cold program.
- Bursaries for our 8-week mindfulness-based therapy programs (MBCT, MBSR and MSC) are available for low-income people.
- We provided mindfulness programs to address the difficulties that youth experience in their journeys out of homelessness, as part of CAMH’s Toronto Housing Outreach Program Collaborative.
Centre for Mindfulness Studies
Since 2011, the Centre for Mindfulness Studies has emerged as the leading provider of professional mindfulness training in Canada. As a charity and social enterprise, the Centre is committed to making mindfulness available to everyone. We work with more than 40 social service agencies and seven healthcare partners to bring mindfulness into the communities that need it most. It’s the heart of what we do.
Charitable registration number 845368760 RR0001.