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The Mental Health Foundation have developed an online mindfulness-based training programme called Be Mindful. Be Mindful has 10 easy-to-follow online sessions, featuring videos and interactive exercises, are presented by qualified mindfulness trainers, and the course can be completed in as little as 4 weeks (although most people take longer). Be Mindful helps people to look after their own emotional well-being.

We want to find out if Be Mindful helps family carers of people with learning disabilities (sometimes called intellectual or developmental disabilities) to look after their emotional well-being. To do this, we would need to run a big study and ask a lot of family carers to be involved. However, before we can do this, we need to run this smaller study, which is called a feasibility study. We will check out if the research works well so that a much bigger study can be planned in future.

We are looking for 60 family carers of people with learning disabilities to take part in this study. All family carers who take part in the study will get free access to Be Mindful and some family carers will be randomly selected to also receive additional telephone support from parents who have been trained to deliver telephone coaching for Be Mindful. All family carers will be asked to complete questionnaires on three different occasions.

Due to the overwhelming response to this study and the limited places available, recruitment for this study is currently closed. Any information about the recruitment status of this study will be updated on this website. If you have any questions about this project, please contact:- Samantha Flynn, Research Assistant, by email: S.Flynn.1@warwick.ac.uk, or by phone: 07823 362152.

Interested in hearing more?

For more detailed information regarding the BeMindful study, please see the study information sheet (below).

Participant information sheet  

To learn more about the Be Mindful course, please click here. To learn more about mindfulness in general, please click here.

If you would like to speak to a member of the research team directly, please contact:-

Samantha Flynn, Research Assistant, by email: S.Flynn.1@warwick.ac.uk, or by phone: 07823 362152