The Self-Compassion Animation – ‘Getting to Know Your Brain: Understanding Stress and Self-Criticism’

7th November 2022

The Self-Compassion Animation – ‘Getting to Know Your Brain: Understanding Stress and Self-Criticism’ has been developed by the Health Improvement Team as a BHSCT staff wellbeing resource. The animation is based upon the therapeutic modality of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and is designed as a tool to support how we approach and deal with stress.

During an engaging launch of the animation, Colin Hassard, Poet and Writer in Residence at the Duncairn Centre will join us. Colin will share a new piece of poetry, which takes a light and gentle view of self-compassion. We will also be joined by Ed Sipler, Health Development Specialist in the SEHSCT, who will share an overview of resources designed to support self-compassion in the workplace.

‘Cultivating Self-Compassion in Daily Life Week’ commences on World Compassion DayMonday 28th November. The animation screening will be followed by a weeklong series of compassion-based staff wellbeing sessions, which are open to all staff, and we would encourage you to register if you have time.

Please see schedule below:

Monday 28th November 12-1pm: Self-Compassion Animation Screening Launch: ‘Getting to Know Your Brain: Understanding Stress and Self-Criticism’
The Health Improvement Team has developed this wellbeing resource –

Tuesday 29th November 12.45-1.30pm: Mindful Self-Compassion Session
A practice session exploring how we cultivate warmth and understanding towards ourselves in daily life – facilitated by Dympna Johnston, Health Development Worker

Tuesday 29th November 2-4.30pm: Top Tips for Looking After Yourself Session
Learn strategies to manage stress, improve your emotional wellbeing and access support available to you – facilitated by Clare Flynn, Advanced Health Improvement Practitioner (Mental Health) & Donna Rooney, Health & Lifestyle Facilitator

Wednesday 30th November 3.30-4.30pm: Cultivating Self-Compassion through Movement Session
In this practice session, we will explore through somatic movement what it means and how it feels to cultivate self-compassion – facilitated by Justine Brown, Health Development Worker

Thursday 1st December 3-4.30pm: Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy Session
A brief introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). It will include both a seminar and CFT related practices – facilitated by Mark Doyle, Psychological Therapist

Friday 2nd December 11am-12pm: Pathways of Support for Staff Wellbeing Session
An information session on relevant ‘Pathways of Support’ for staff wellbeing, delivered jointly by Health Improvement and Occupational Health Psychology – facilitated by Donna Rooney, Mark Doyle & Justine Brown

For further information, contact Justine Brown, Health Development Worker:

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