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The Mindfulness Project
The Mindfulness Project

The Mindfulness Project

News and events | Patient and family resources

The Mindfulness Project is a hospital-wide initiative rooted in sustained, ongoing, consistent mindfulness practice and training offered by the Spiritual Care Department, and the Mindfulness Project Team. The Mindfulness Project works to inform staff of mindfulness opportunities within the hospital, and in the surrounding area. It consists of a team of qualified facilitators/practitioners, all of whom have authentic recognized clinical training, consistent mindfulness practice, and are certified in trademarked MBIs. The Mindfulness Project partners with recognized mindfulness organizations, and offers training and experiential facilitation from local and internationally acclaimed mindfulness professionals and experts in the field.  

The Mindfulness Project provides: consultation for patients, their families and staff, as well as special events during our annual mindfulness month and custom designed mindfulness workshops specific to health care disciplines within SickKids. Our vision Compassionate Care, Mindful Culture speaks to the goal of the project. By providing mindfulness skills, support, and education we improve resilience, and create an environment which leads to sustainable wellness. This positively impacts self-awareness, the caregiver-patient relationship, the patient and family experience, leads to quality and advancement in health care, and ultimately to inner self-acceptance, healing, and empowerment.  We strive to enrich and inform mindful awareness and its effectiveness through evidence-based research initiatives. By applying the skills of contemplative traditions, and the wisdom of secular psychotherapeutic interventions, we come to understand the body, mind and spirit.  This leads to improved caregiving standards, and compassionate self-care.

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

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    By Sharon Saltzberg. For more information, click here.