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Trish Bartley on Mindfulness, Returning Home, Chibok Girls three years on

A mindfulness course designed to help you cope with the impact and treatment of cancer. Meg from Ghana talks about returning to her homeland. Plus the Chibok girls three years on.

For many people a diagnosis of cancer brings with it levels of distress and anxiety that can be as difficult to manage as the disease itself. Trish Bartley, who has twice had cancer herself, has developed a mindfulness course for people with cancer. She has also written a book, Mindfulness: A Kindly Approach to Being with Cancer. Trish explains to Jenni how mindfulness can help you cope with the psychological impact of cancer and treatment.

People come to live in Britain for many different reasons - work, love, adventure...necessity? They disappear into life here, raising families, forging careers - some hope that it won't be forever and they'll one day go back "home." Today we hear from Meg De Amasi who came to Glasgow in 1976 - planning to stay for for a year to finish her midwifery degree. She talks to her daughter about why now the time's right to return.

It's been three years since 276 girls were abducted from a secondary school in Chibok in north-eastern Nigeria by militant Islamist group Boko Haram. 195 of them are still being held. We hear from one of the girls escaped and who spoke recently at the Global Education and Skills Forum, about the night the girls were kidnapped and from Habiba Adamu, BBC correspondent in Abuja.

And Marie-Elsa Bragg talks about her debut novel 'Towards Mellbreak' the story of four generations of one farming family as they struggle to preserve traditions and beliefs in the face of change.

Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Beverley Purcell.

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Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Beverley Purcell
Interviewed Guest Trish Bartley
Interviewed Guest Meg De Amasi
Interviewed Guest Marie-Elsa Bragg


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