UK charity, the Mental Health Foundation and health app developer, Wellmind Media are delighted to share the news of a recent research study by RAND Europe, ‘Identifying Promising Practices in Health & Wellbeing at Work’, in which the Be Mindful course was reported in the Top 5 of all interventions assessed!
The research was commissioned by Public Health England (PHE) to review the evidence landscape of workplace health and wellbeing interventions, including categories of mental health, nutrition, physical activity, domestic violence and menopause. Their aim was not just to understand the landscape of workplace wellbeing interventions and the extent and quality of evidence, but to also understand with confidence what impact workplace wellbeing approaches are generating. This information was then pulled together in a report to help support organisations when considering their workplace wellbeing offer.
Be Mindful is a fully online Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course, provided to individuals in varying settings, from healthcare to the workplace, and used by over 20,000 people. It is highly accessible and can cater to a potential limitless number of participants, internationally across time-zones. The course is research-backed and evidence-based, with 2 RCTs and many proven significant benefits, including: reduced stress, rumination and fatigue, as well as improved sleep quality and reductions in anxiety and depression scores.
Mark Rowland, Director of Communications and Fundraising at the Mental Health Foundation commented, “Recognition of the central role of positive mental health within the workplace is growing and, as the UK’s charity for everyone’s mental health, we’re incredibly pleased to see Be Mindful acknowledged as a highly effective tool for employees to use and benefit from.”
The RAND report applied the Nesta Standards of Evidence framework, which uses a stepped hierarchy to assess the level of evidence underlying an intervention, ranging from Level 1-5. Mental health was strongly represented in the 117 submissions, but only 27 interventions were graded Level 2 or above.
Be Mindful achieved a Nesta Level 3 score, showing the course’s high quality and valid evidence-base. Subsequently, the Be Mindful course was spotlighted along with 4 other workplace wellbeing interventions! Only one provider scored above a Level 3, and even with some submitting organisations providing substantial evidence of the impact of their intervention on health and wellbeing outcomes, few interventions reached a grade above Nesta level 2.
“We work hard to achieve the highest standards and build a strong evidence-base for the effectiveness of the course. This recognition is a proud moment for Be Mindful and will hopefully aid the decision making process for organisations looking to implement an effective workplace wellbeing offering” says Rebecca Millard, Client Services Director, Wellmind Media.
The course’s effectiveness and popularity is not limited to the workplace and general population. Earlier this year, Be Mindful was listed on the NHS Apps Library after being rigorously assessed and satisfying NHS quality standards for clinical effectiveness, safety, usability and accessibility. This recent recognition gives the course even more potential to reach people most in need of an effective mindfulness intervention and help organisations in supporting their employee mental health and wellbeing, at scale.