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I'm experiencing a clinical psychological condition. Can Headspace help?

At Headspace we specialise in offering simple, approachable and easy-to-follow content for generic online use. The emphasis of the programme is on prevention and lifestyle, as opposed to management and treatment of pre-exisitng clinical conditions.

This is quite different from one-to-one clinical treatment, or even group work, such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), which are delivered in a clinical setting. Details of both approaches can be found by contacting the 'bemindful' website created by the UK Mental Health Foundation.

If you are therefore looking to use Headspace as an approach to 'treating' a clinical psychological condition such as severe depression, anxiety or schizophrenia, we recommend you talk to a physician about your interest in mindfulness. We cannot make any medical recommendations for individuals, but we do know that many people, with a wide of range of physical and mental illness, have experienced considerable benefits by making mindfulness part of their everyday healthcare plan.

Once you have the backing of a healthcare professional, you might then like to explore the different options available. These could include one-to-one treatment, MBSR group workshops, as well as online programmes such as Headspace. It will be very much up to you as to what you find most helpful.

Please also note that if you do ever experience any extreme psychological or physical reactions to your Headspace, we suggest you pause your practice immediately and seek professional medical help.

As we are unfortunately unable to provide any detailed or medical guidance regarding questions, you might like to check out the following resources which may offer some further resources regarding mind health. Please note that these organisations are broad as we are unable to provide any tailored resources. 

http://www.mind.org.uk (U.K)
http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk (U.K)
http://www.nhs.uk/Pages/HomePage.aspx (U.K)
www.nami.org (U.S) 

We hope this helps, and thanks again for getting some Headspace. 

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