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Wednesday, April 17 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Introduction to Mindfulness Training: Perceptions of Individuals Residing at a Homeless Shelter

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Many homeless adults live with a serious mental illness and/or substance use disorder. Mindfulness practices have been shown to reduce stress and have the potential to ameliorate conditions of those experiencing homelessness. Through breathing and focus exercises, mindfulness allows one to awaken to the present moment rather than constantly worry about the past or future. This project explored the perceptions of mindfulness practices in adults suffering from homelessness, a mental illness, and/or a substance use disorder in Buffalo, NY. Using a mixed methods study, quantitative and qualitative outcomes were measured to determine if there is sufficient interest in mindfulness techniques as a continued practice for homeless individuals with a mental illness or substance use disorder.

Wednesday April 17, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm
DS 24/26
  • Moderator Brian Wrotniak