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People seeking asylum and refugees are more likely to experience poor mental health. Through our work we aim to change that.  

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Mindfulness and wellbeing

We worked with over 35 women in culturally specific groups to develop mindfulness and wellbeing tools. We have made these resources available so others who are experiencing difficulties can learn the techniques and make use of them in their daily lives.

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness is an ancient eastern practice which is very relevant for our lives

today. It is a very simple concept. Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.

Close your eyes if it feels comfortable.
Now bring your attention to your belly
Feel it rise and fall
Keep focus on your breathing
Ride the waves of your breath
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Tools for negative thoughts

We can all have negative thoughts from time to time, but when negative thinking takes over it can impact our mental health, leaving you feeling depressed or anxious. Our tools will help you recognise negative thinking and reset your mindset

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Imagine you are lying on a big grassy hill.
Feel the grass underneath your feet.

How would the sun feel shining on your face?

Imagine the feeling of a soft breeze.

Listen to the sounds of birds around you.
There is nothing else.
Just you, the hill, and the open sky.

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Getting a good nights sleep 

 There are many reasons for not sleeping well but it all results in feeling that we haven't slept enough - we feel tired, tense and are likely to worry about not sleeping.  This worry can then make it even harder for us to sleep well. 

Sleep is the best meditation

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Our facilitators
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Nikki Dehmahdi

Nikki has worked for mental health services since 2013. At present, she is an assistant research psychologist for the Psychosis Research Unit in Manchester. She is passionate about supporting her local community, improving access to supportive services and reducing inequality.

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Chloe Lavery

Hello, I'm Chloe! I'm from a working class family in Liverpool. Currently, I'm an assistant psychologist working in the NHS. Lots of my role involves supporting the wellbeing of others, and it's something that I'm really passionate about. In my spare time, I love to read psychological thrillers. My newly found hobbies include gardening and knitting. Hopefully they'll help me learn the skill of patience! 

Evangelia Karydi

Evangelia Karydi is a Counselling Psychologist and she has worked in different settings, such as the NHS, the charity sector and private sector both in the UK and Greece. She is passionate about helping people improve their wellbeing and life. Alongside her therapy practice, she is delivering wellbeing and mental health workshops.

Mika Karachaliou

Mika Karachaliou, originally from Greece, came to the UK in 2008 to continue her studies in Psychology completing an MSc and Ph.D in Health Psychology. She is the co-founder of the Dragonfly Collective; a women's community, a wellbeing workshops facilitator, and a mindfulness teacher (MBSR trained) with a passion for enhancing wellness and compassion to organisations and individuals.  Mika is currently training to be a Clinical Psychologist. 

Thank you to our funder
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