Peace on Purpose: A New Paradigm of Mindfulness
COVID-19 has shown us that the modus operandi of the past is inadequate in many areas related to mental health and has highlighted the need for collective care and workplace support. Prior to the pandemic, humanitarian staffs mental health was already of growing concern. One study from 2018 focusing on psychosocial support for humanitarian aid workers found that only 20% of staff felt sufficiently supported by their organisation. As the world re-evaluates, so should humanitarian leadership. It is time to reflect on the role mindfulness can play in re-shaping leadership and staff care. Peace on Purpose, a program developed by the United Nations Foundation in partnership with lululemon, equips UN development and humanitarian workers with tools to care for their own mental and physical well-being so they can effectively care for others. The programs curriculum is designed by mindfulness and psychology experts, anchored in research on humanitarian workers. It provides evidence-based mindfulness tools that cultivate presence, resilience, and well-being through simple tools. To date, Peace on Purpose has delivered both virtual and in-person workshops to over 3,000 UN staff globally in 87 countries. Evaluation suggests up to a 40% reduction of important psychological risk factors such as anxiety and depression, and an increase in overall well-being and resilience in UN workers. The Peace on Purpose team would be honoured to offer a Learning Lab for attendees to explore practical mindfulness tools. The workshop would be interactive and we ask that participants can share their video and audio. No maximum capacity.