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techniques allowed participants to open up to new choices and new opportunities to become more self-aware. The ability to be more self-aware has motivated these individuals to engage in self-care practices. Modelling these self-care practices in the group has appeared to help their participants navigate stress and burnout in mental health. Summary Overall, studies show mindfulness practice has a positive effect upon outcome measures, and together these studies mention mindfulness can have an impact on decreasing stress, mental health issues, and enhance well-being related outcomes. Through these mindfulness studies, self-
9 care was suggested to be a vital practice to incorporate in daily life, to manage stress, and decrease the risk of burnout in the work setting. Implications Throughout these quantitative and qualitative studies, it is shown that mindfulness is a beneficial intervention for stress and burnout. It would be necessary for changes to happen within mental health work settings to decrease and prevent the risk of stress that will lead to burnout. Increasing social support for employees, increasing individual employee autonomy, reducing role ambiguity and conflict for employees, decreasing workloads, and promoting self- care as a core value within the workplace will help organizations best support their employees. Training programs for therapists should consider incorporating mindfulness practice into the curriculum and training in self-care practices for students and how they will utilize mindfulness practices with clients. If mental health professionals and counselling students incorporated these practices into their routine, this could prevent the exacerbated risk of stress within mental health. An immense amount of these study participants were predominantly female; securing a balanced gender sample in future studies to assess the impact and implications of gender differences would be helpful (Hjeltnes et al., 2015). Ideas for Future Research Future studies could measure mindfulness practices and self-care strategies to reduce the stress and burnout in mental health workers' long term. This would benefit the current literature and help measure mindfulness practices using pre-and-post mindfulness practices after the program is complete, to test for long term effects, and if the participants are still positively responding to the initial benefits felt during the study. Longitudinal studies of the prevalence of
10 burnout among counsellors who received mindfulness training will assist in measuring the effects. It would be valuable to investigate the impact of mindfulness training through continued education on therapists who have worked in the field for an extended period (Hugh-Jones et al., 2018). Self-care is recommended in current literature as a preventative approach; limited literature is available on other strategies to help prevent stress and burnout within this field.

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