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The Mindfulness Project
The Mindfulness Project

The Mindfulness Project

News and events | Message from Dr. Mike Apkon | Patient and family resources

News and events

May is Mindfulness Month. We will be hosting numerous events throughout the month. Please refer to our calendar of events through the link below to find out more information.

Mindfulness Month 2017 calendar of events

Message from Dr. Michael Apkon 

"I've come to see a number of benefits from integrating mindfulness into our daily work. My strong belief is that greater mindfulness — in other words, intentionally and non-judgementally paying attention —  has, as caregivers, a significant impact on our empathy and our ability to really hear what patients and families need from us. I also have come to see mindfulness as a significant factor in patient safety. An abundance of work in the cognitive sciences demonstrates the impact of our state of mind on decision making and biases. Science also shows how easy it is to make mistakes when we do things in a more 'automatic mode' as opposed to taking a more mindful approach to work.

Mindfulness helps keep us be aware of our thought processes and helps us intentionally pay attention as we make decisions or take action when the stakes are high. It makes us more in-tune with the "gut feelings" we have when we sense something important but haven't yet devoted the brain-power to analyzing a situation fully.

I believe that greater mindfulness will benefit us as individuals by helping us better manage stress and giving us greater confidence in our decisions.  It will benefit patients by making us more empathetic, better listeners, and more effective and​ safer caregivers."​​

Dr. Michael Apkon, ​​​President & CEO

Patient and family resources

Mindfulness has potential benefits for many stakeholders across SickKids.  For parents who are supporting their children through stressful situations with often unknown outcomes, mindfulness can help them live through these experiences and have more emotional space to support their children.  For staff caring for the children, mindfulness can help them be more centered, listen better and be better available to children and their families.  The social work department begins every staff meeting with a mindful moment, which assists us to focus in the moment and ultimately reminds of  the importance of paying attention non-judgmentally.

- Barb Muskat, Director, Department of Social Work​

Mindfulness in every moment:

Mindfulness for children & teens 
Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m.
Marnie's Studio, 4th floor, Black Wing

Mindfulness for parents & cargivers
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m.
Meditation & Contemplation Room 2713, 2nd floor, Atrium

Mindfulness for staff & volunteers
Mondays & Thursdays from 12 to 1 p.m.
Thursday mornings from 8:45 to 9:14 a.m.
Meditation & Contemplation Room 2713, 2nd floor, Atrium

More information.


Why Mindfulness is a Superpower: An animation by Dan Harris

Where does compassion really come from?

    By Sharon Saltzberg. For more information, click here.