Mindfulness is an innate human capacity. Children often meet their present moment experience with interest and curiosity.

As adults we can train ourselves to bring friendly interest and curiosity to the present moment - increasing our mindful awareness of our body, mind, senses and the world around us. 

The Mindful All-Party Parliamentary Group completed a report, Mindful Nation UK (October 2015), following their research and inquiry into the evidence base on mindfulness. It recommends the availability of Mindfulness Based Interventions in the NHS for physical and mental health difficulties and to support staff. Mindfulness is not a panacea or quick fix.

However, a regular ongoing practice has been found to be useful in a number of areas supporting physical, mental and emotional well being and resilience through an integrated mind/body approach.

It is best offered or introduced to a person at the right time in their life and adapted programmes of mindfulness have been developed to meet the needs of people experiencing particular concerns.

Mersey Care staff hold regular sessions for any colleague to join and we’d welcome you to attend.

The Trust has two dedicated staff to support the development and provision of mindfulness:


Niala Waraich – Mersey Care Mindfulness Network Co-ordinator and Strategic Lead  niala.waraich@merseycare.nhs.uk

Niala is a Clinical Psychologist and has worked in the Trust for the majority of her career. She has worked with adults in a variety of service settings and is passionate about supporting the needs of service users and staff.


Paula Edwards – Mindfulness Teacher and Assistant Practitioner  PaulaAnn.Edwards@merseycare.nhs.uk

Paula has worked in adult mental health services within The Trust for most of her working life.  She started practicing mindfulness in 2013 whilst participating in an eight week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy programme facilitated by Mersey Care.

Who is it for: Open to any member of staff new to mindfulness or with experience

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 4.00pm to 4.30pm


Join Zoom Meeting: https://merseycare-nhs-uk.zoom.us/j/93651557210

Meeting ID: 936 5155 7210

Passcode: Welcome1!


Dial by your location (UK Toll-free)

0800 260 5801

0800 358 2817

0800 031 5717


Meeting ID: 936 5155 7210

Passcode: 021891974 



Who is it for: Open to staff who have experience of mindfulness or want to reconnect with practice

Date: Wednesdays

Time: 1.00pm to 1.30pm


Join Zoom Meeting: https://merseycare-nhs-uk.zoom.us/j/97601172411

Meeting ID: 976 0117 2411

Passcode: Mindful=1


Dial by your location (UK toll-free)

0800 031 5717

0800 260 5801

0800 358 2817


Meeting ID: 976 0117 2411

Passcode: 574823941​

IT Advice

To access these free sessions just click the Zoom invite link. The preferred web browser is Google Chrome. 

You can now join by phone using the separate password listed above. If there are still problems, please report them to IT as it could be a device specific issue.

If you are accessing drop ins through SharePoint and having difficulty connecting, please:

  • copy the Zoom link above from this page
  • open the Google Chrome browser
  • paste the saved Zoom link into Google Chrome.

Please make sure to write the meeting password down beforehand and enter it when requested.