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For more information please call the Study Coordinator, Rachael Vicary on 01392 724604 or email at mindfulness@exeter.ac.uk.

The HeLM project

What is the study about?

Low mood and anxiety are common amongst people with vascular disorders and are associated with poor long term health. Mindfulness therapies have been found to have promising effects in reducing low mood and anxiety.

We have adapted Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) so that it addresses the sorts of issues people with vascular disorders have told us cause them to feel low or anxious.

The trial aims

We are conducting a feasibility study, called Heart and Living Mindfully (HeLM) to find out if adapted-MBCT may be helpful and acceptable for people with vascular disorders in reducing low mood, anxiety, fears and blood pressure.
To do this we are comparing our specially adapted MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) with MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) and usual care (the care that you would normally receive if you were not taking part in the study). You can read more about these treatments on the Accept Clinic webpages.

What do I do if I am interested in taking part in this study?

We are recruiting adults aged 18 and older who have experienced low mood or have a history of depression, and experience of a heart condition. If this describes you, taking part will involve us gathering some information about you by asking you to attend an appointment to meet with the researcher. If after this appointment you wish to take part in the study and are eligible you will be randomly allocated to one of three groups as listed above; Adapted MBCT, MBSR or Usual Care.

At three different time points throughout the study we will ask you to complete some questionnaires and measure your blood pressure.

Your participation will end with a final session with the researcher, three months later to see how you are doing.

The study will be taking place in Exeter at the University of Exeter, Streatham Campus.

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?

The study has begun and we are currently recruiting for our first group.  The first group will commence in February 2015 with initial appointments taking place prior to this around November 2014.  The second group will commence in September 2015 with initial appointments taking place around July 2015.

The study will aim to finish by February 2016.

Contact Details

The Chief Investigator’s for the trial are Professor Willem Kuyken, Mood Disorders Centre, University of Exeter and Professor Chris Dickens, University of Exeter Medical School.

For more information please call the Study Coordinator, Rachael Vicary on 01392 724604 or email at mindfulness@exeter.ac.uk.