UK charity, the Mental Health Foundation and health app developer, Wellmind Health are pleased to announce that their online mindfulness course, Be Mindful is now listed on the NHS Digital Apps Library, after being assessed and satisfying rigorous NHS quality standards for clinical effectiveness, safety, usability and accessibility.
The Mental Health Foundation’s director of communications and fundraising, Mark Rowland, explains:
"As the UK charity for everyone’s mental health, we welcome having Be Mindful recognised as one of the most evidence-based digital online mindfulness interventions out there. We want to give low-cost, high-quality and broad access to the benefits of mindfulness to many more people and being included in the NHS Digital Apps Library is another significant step forward."
Be Mindful is the only fully online Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, fully evaluated for its effectiveness and backed up by published research by leading academic institutions. Over 20,000 people have now taken the Be Mindful course, giving it an average user star rating of 4.6 out of 5. On average, people completing the course experience a 38% reduction in stress, 50% reduction in depression and a 52% reduction in anxiety.
"We’ve been working to achieve the highest clinical standards for Be Mindful since its launch back in 2011 so it’s exciting to have this recognition. It’s clear now that the NHS is moving quickly to bring effective apps into the mental healthcare system." says Richard Latham, CEO of Wellmind Health.
Be Mindful’s effectiveness and popularity is not limited to a healthcare setting. Its evidence-base includes, significantly reducing work-related rumination and fatigue, as well as improving sleep quality, in the general population.
An NHS Digital spokesperson said: “We are delighted to announce that Be Mindful has successfully completed the assessment for inclusion in the NHS Apps Library. Mental Health is a key priority for the NHS and providing access to apps such as Be Mindful is a part of our ongoing strategy to offer digital alternatives to support citizens and patients with their health and social care needs.”
With Be Mindful’s high accessibility and potential limitless number of course participants, and now with NHS Approval, the course has the capacity to reach many more people most in need of this effective mindfulness intervention.