Date

12-2018

Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Department

Health and Human Services

Abstract

Lack of resources in rural King City has become a barrier for access to mental health treatment. Monterey County Behavioral Health (MCBH) provides mental health services but diverse programs like Interim Inc. are in the Salinas area. External mental health resources are difficult to obtain for some of the clients. Therefore, the ACCESS team for MCBH King City made the decision to implement a support group that would serve as a new resource for local adult clients.

A Mindfulness Group was developed to help clients who suffer from anxiety and depression. The group contained content that educated clients on how to cope with anxiety using breathing techniques and present moment awareness. The effectiveness of the group was measured by having clients rate their moods at the beginning and end of each group session. Results have shown that the group has been effective. Clients reported different moods by the end of each session. It was also noted that clients reported a better mood when it was only the facilitator and client. The group has decreased anxiety symptoms for clients and has improved their everyday lives. To persist in positive changes among clients, it is recommended that the weekly mindfulness group continue to be implemented.

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