Military

The use of mindfulness-based practices has two main applications in military populations. The first is to help those in need of rehabilitation from physical and psychological trauma and the second is to improve stress resilience (adaptive capacity) in anticipation of high stress situations. Military personnel face exceptionally high-stress situations during both selection and pre-deployment training. Their ability to remain focused, exercise effective decision-making and adapt is tested under intense physical and psychological conditions. 

The US Military have invested substantially into researching and delivering resilience training within their various divisions. A number of approaches have been studied including Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs) to improve internal awareness of nervous system regulation, emotional regulation and decision-making. This may be of particular relevance to UK military/first responder organisations facing extreme/prolonged exposure to stress and elite sportsmen/women.

See the following for more analysis: http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/appi.ajp.2014.14040501

Mark Davies, who has been trained to teach the MMFT programme used with US Marines, is currently working with elite sports teams and military personnel. He is in the process of establishing a network of those interested in the potential of MBIs within the armed forces. To get in touch with Mark about joining the network, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.