The study, which used a randomized waitlist control design, was conducted by the University of Surrey, School of Psychology in order to evaluate the effect of the Be Mindful digital Pathway on depression, anxiety and perceived stress.
Be Mindful was developed with the approval of the originators of MBCT and is the only clinically validated digital MBCT course. The University of Surrey research study results showed that participants who completed the Pathway reported significantly lower levels of perceived stress, depression and anxiety: 63% decrease in depression, 58% reduction in anxiety and 40% reduction in perceived stress. These effects were maintained at the 3- & 6-month follow-ups.
These findings strongly support the effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as delivered through the Be Mindful online course. Outcomes rival those of studies which employed a group face-to-face mindfulness-based intervention. This seminal research study was published in the Journal Mindfulness in May 2018.