Mindfulness and Resilience

Mindfulness and Resilience
The Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Podcast
Mindfulness and Resilience

Oct 04 2023 | 00:31:37

Episode 125 October 04, 2023 00:31:37

Show Notes

Welcome to the Somerset Emotional Wellbeing (SEW) podcast!

In this episode, Mindfulness and Resilience, our hosts Dr. Peter Bagshaw and Dr. Andrew Tresidder are joined by Dr. Inmaculada Adarves-Yorno from the University of Exeter to discuss what mindfulness and resilience are and how they are connected, how we can build resilience to a high level and learn to embrace challenges and how Inma’s experiences working in the Kenyan prison system have informed her approach.

The SEW podcast is a free weekly show hosted by Dr. Andrew Tresidder, Dr. Peter Bagshaw and Dr. Sarah Coope. In each episode, the doctors discuss a different topic related to mental and emotional wellbeing and often invite expert guests to join them in conversation. The show is aimed at the people of Somerset and beyond; the advice and guidance provided should apply to anybody who needs it, whenever they need it.

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Please note: The opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the NHS or any other organisation unless expressly stated


Dr. Inmaculada Adarves-Yorno Profile – Dr. Inmaculada Adarves-Yorno (PhD, MA, MSc, BA) is a world-leading social scientist in social identity research.  Her work using the social identity approach has challenged and expanded the fields of creativity and mindfulness, and research on both areas has been published in 4* and 3* journals. She led systemic change in the Kenyan Prison Services (4* impact case study) using research on social identity and mindfulness.  She developed innovative and unique leadership development tools and processes which are embedded in her teaching and impact work. She developed as well as accredited leadership programmes. She engages with practitioners offering them a new way of looking at themselves and opening their eyes to new ways of leading. For the last 5 years, she has investigated what factors predict resilience and two key factors are related to mindfulness and social identity.


Resilience Alive – The Resilience Alive website. More information coming soon!


Inma’s Teams Work in Kenya – In April 2015, a psychologist from the University of Exeter Business School (Inma) planted the seed of Mindfulness by training the Director of Rehabilitation (Mary) and 5 prison governors (Patrick, Olivia, Aggrey, Bison and another Patrick). A few months later she went to Kenya and did some more training within 4 institutions. She was then supported by a small team in Exeter (Emma, Michelle, Leonie and Jayne among others), a team in the African Prisons Project (Matteo and Hamisi among others) and the Kenya Prisons Service (those initially trained and others who joined).


Inner Rehabilitation - The Inner Rehabilitation Programme is an exciting project done in partnership between African Prisons Project, an organisation which develops leaders and makes prisons places of positive transformation, and the University of Exeter. We have the luxury of working with a great, committed team in the Kenyan Prison Services who help us make this project a success and continue to support its growth.


ExeTalks – Leading Change - To learn more about the research underneath Inma’s work, watch the Leading Change talk on YouTube


BBC Documentary – Is it possible to lose your freedom but remain free? - Apparently, yes. Dozens of prisoners in Kenya are now convinced they are freer than many of us walking free. Their secret is a practice known as mindfulness which psychologists say leads to profound levels of freedom and improves wellness for those who master it. The BBC's Sylvia Chebet brings us the powerful tales of the now "free" prisoners.


Open MH - If you are an adult living in Somerset and experiencing difficulties with your mental health, we are here to help. Open Mental Health offers support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that anyone struggling with poor mental health can access the right support at the right time.

If you need to speak to someone please contact our team at Mindline Somerset any time of the day, any day of the week locally on 01823 276892 or freephone 0800 138 1692. Or email [email protected] for support


Somerset Emotional Wellbeing – Do you work or volunteer in health and care in Somerset? Whatever you are going through, the Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Colleague Resilience Hub is here for you. The Somerset Emotional Wellbeing website is here to connect you with wellbeing support when you need it. Simply enter where you work, or how you are feeling on our homepage to discover and connect with local and national support options that are open to you. 

If you work or volunteer in health and care in Somerset and need to talk, you can call our dedicated, confidential Colleague Telephone Line for help with a trained professional. If you need further support after your initial conversation you can be referred for a one-off rapid access counselling session with a psychologist or counsellor. No waiting list. If you need further help we will make sure you see the right person. Call us now on 0300 124 5595 (available six days a week, from 09:00 to 17:00)

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