Be Mindful is a web-based program that offers users basic principles of mindfulness that can help manage the problems of everyday life. The program is broken down into ten modules that can be completed online over four weeks and provides education and practice in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Be Mindful also provides guided practice, including audio downloads, for users to complete during their daily routine to help mindfulness become an automatic part of living. Users can track their progress in the program, and receive an “Aftercare Pack” in the mail when they finish. Be Mindful has also recently added a free trial program. Mindfulness has been featured heavily in recent research and Be Mindful may be an easy way for interested users to test it out for themselves.
Overall Score: 10/14
Basis of research: 2/3
Source of funding for the research: 1/2
Specificity of proposed intervention: 2/3
Number of consumer ratings: 2/3
Product advisory support: 1/1
Software support: 2/2
Date of Rating: June 2016
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Subjective quality score: 1.50
Perceived impact score: 2.25
Rating date: August 2016
Rated by: Queensland University
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Available for: Web Browsers
Developer: Wellmind Media Ltd
Type of Treatment: Mindfulness
Targeted conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target demographic: Adults
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare provider: No, but recommended
Non-English Language version available: No
Cost: £30.00, US $40.00, EU €34.00
Where to get it: Online
In a randomized waitlist control trial, 118 females were randomized to either an intervention or waitlist control group. Participants completed measures of depression (PHQ-9), anxiety (GAD-7) and perceived stress (PSS-10) at baseline, post-treatment, 3- and 6-month follow-up. Participants who completed the mindfulness intervention reported significantly lower levels of perceived stress, anxiety and depression, when compared with waitlist control participants, and these effects were maintained at follow-up (Querstret, Cropley, & Fife-Schaw, 2018).
In another RCT, 60 participants who had been randomized to an intervention group reported significantly lower levels of work-related rumination and fatigue, and significantly higher levels of sleep quality, when compared with waitlist control participants (n = 58). Effects of the intervention were maintained at 3- and 6-month follow-up with medium to large effect sizes (Querstret, Cropley, & Fife-Schaw, 2017).
Querstret, D., Cropley, M., & Fife-Schaw, C. (2017). Internet-based instructor-led mindfulness for work-related rumination, fatigue, and sleep: Assessing facets of mindfulness as mechanisms of change. A randomized waitlist control trial. Journal of occupational health psychology, 22(2), 153.
Querstret, D., Cropley, M., & Fife-Schaw, C. (2018). The Effects of an Online Mindfulness Intervention on Perceived Stress, Depression and Anxiety in a Non-clinical Sample: A Randomised Waitlist Control Trial. Mindfulness, 1-12.