West Park Hospital

Edward Pease Way



DL2 2TS.



01325 552017


Lead contact name


Jo Cromarty


Do you suffer with repeated episodes of depression?

Are you stressed by caring for, or parenting, someone with mental ill health?


Many of us spend a lot of time brooding about the past, worrying about the future, and being hard on ourselves. These habits of mind are difficult to control and often leave us feeling stressed and low.


Mindfulness can help….


What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention to the present moment. When we’re tuned in to the present moment, the mind is less likely to get caught up in unhelpful patterns of thinking and feeling.


Mindfulness helps us become more aware of our thoughts and emotions and relate to them in a different way. We learn skills that can help us to:

  • become more focussed and steady
  • feel less overwhelmed
  • respond more wisely to difficulties and stress. 

Mindfulness can also help us learn to be kinder to ourselves and more accepting of how things are. 

‘Staying present’ is easy to describe but difficult to do – especially when we’re feeling stressed, or miserable.  With patience and practice we can all learn to be more mindful more often.

How can we learn to be more mindful?

We run courses of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for people aged over 18 years, who:

  • have experienced repeated episodes of depression
  • or are stressed by parenting or caring for someone with mental ill health or a learning disability.


What is a mindfulness course like?

The course includes eight sessions lasting just over two hours and one day-long session that lasts six hours. Sessions normally take place over consecutive weeks.


In the sessions you will learn and practice some fairly simple meditations, for example focusing attention on your breathing for periods of time. The teacher will be a qualified mental health professional who is also experienced in teaching mindfulness.


The course takes a lot of time and effort and involves practising the meditations at home on a daily basis. It is important to attend every session and to complete all of the home practice.


What is the evidence?

MBCT has been thoroughly researched and is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for people who suffer from recurrent depression.  There is also good evidence that learning mindfulness can be helpful for people who are stressed.


How do I take part in a course?

The first step is to come along to a taster session where you will hear more about mindfulness and the MBCT course.  You will also try out some brief guided meditations.


After you’ve been to a taster session you may choose to apply for the MBCT course by filling in a simple application form. This will be followed by a telephone call and a discussion about whether this is the right approach for you at this time in your life.


When and where are the next taster sessions and courses?




Hart Village Hall, Front Street, Hartlepool, TS27 3AW

Tater sessions:


Monday 26 February,  2.30pm - 4.30pm  OR

Wednesday 14 March,  1.30 pm – 3.30 pm

Course starts:

Wednesday 18 April, 1.30 pm-3.45 pm



Live Well Centre, Middlesbrough

Taster sessions:


Monday 19 March,  2pm-4 pm OR

Monday 26 March, 2pm-4pm

Course starts:

Wednesday 2 May



Napier Room, Glebe Centre, Durham Place, Seaham, SR7 9BX

Taster Session:


Monday 19 March, 2pm - 4pm OR

Monday 26 March, 2pm - 4pm

Course Starts:

Monday 30 April,  2pm - 4.15pm



St Nicholas Church Hall, Bow Street, Guisborough

Taster Session:


Monday 26  March, 10am – 12 noon OR

Monday 16April, 10am – 12 noon

Course Starts:

Monday 14 May, 10am – 12.15pm 



Wellbeing Centre, Butterwick Hospice, Stockton – on-Tees

Taster Session:


Wednesday 29 August, 10am – 12 noon OR

Wednesday 5 September, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Course Starts:

Wednesdays 3 October, 1.30pm - 3.45pm


Durham and Dales


Chester-le-Street Community Centre, Newcastle Road, Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham, DH3 3TS.

Tater sessions:


Wednesday 21 March, 2pm - 4pm 


Course starts:

Wednesday 18 April,9am - 11.15am




Quaker Friends Meeting House, 6 Skinnergate, Darlington,


Taster sessions:


Tuesday 27 March, 6pm – 8pm OR

Tuesday 3 April,  6pm – 8pm

Course starts:

Tuesday 1 May,  6pm - 8.15pm




Bishop Auckland Methodist Church, Cockton Hill Road, Bishop Auckland, DL14 6EN

Tater sessions:

Wednesday 4 April, 10am – 12.15pm

Course starts:

Wednesday 9 May, 10am – 12.15pm



North Yorkshire


Quaker Friends Meeting House (large meeting room), Quaker Close, Scarborough, YO12 5QZ

Taster sessions:


Tuesday 13 March 1pm – 3pm OR  

Tuesday 27 March 1pm – 3pm

Course starts:


Wednesday16 May

*This course is for service users, carers and Trust staff



Ripon Community House, Sharow View, 75 Allhallowgate, Ripon, HG4 1LE

Taster sessions:


Tuesday 27 March, 10am – 12 noon OR

Tuesday 24 April, 10am – 12 noon

Course starts:


Tuesday 15 May, 10am – 12.15pm

*This course is for service users, carers and Trust staff



St. Cuthbert’s church and community hall, Colburn Lane, Colburn, DL9 4LT

Tater sessions:


Thursday 29 March 10am – 12 noon OR

Thursday 19 April 10am – 12 noon

Course starts:

Thursday 10 May, 10am -12.15pm



The Parish Rooms, Easingwold, YO61 3HD

Taster sessions:

Tuesday 10 April, 3pm – 5pm OR

Monday 16 April, 6pm – 8pm

Course starts:


Monday 14 May, 6pm – 8.15pm

*This course is for service users, carers and Trust staff


Vale of York




Acomb Friends Meeting House, The Green, Acomb, York,

YO26 5LR

Taster sessions:


Wednesday 28March, 2pm – 4pm OR

Wednesday 18 April, 2pm – 4pm

Course starts:


Wednesday 16 May, 2pm – 4.15pm

*This course is for service users, carers and Trust staff




Quaker Friends Meeting House, Friargate, York, YO1 9RL

Taster sessions:


Wednesday 11 April, 10am – 12noon OR

Monday 16 April, 10am – 12noon

Course starts:


Monday 14 May , 12 noon –2.15pm

*This course will take place at Fulford Social Hall



Details of further courses being held across the Trust area will be added here:


April/May 2018        

Ripon, Easingwold, Darlington, Middlesbrough, Guisborough, Seaham and Darlington


Autumn 2018:         

Leyburn, Richmond, Knareborough, Darlington, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Consett, Crook,  Durham


Winter 2018/2019:  

Northallerton, Richmond, Malton, Scarborough, Middlesbrough, Guisborough, Hartlepool, Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland


Days of mindfulness

For those completing the eight-week mindfulness course, we hold days of mindfulness to help you keep in touch with what you have learnt on your mindfulness course. Places are limited so to book a place contact 01325 552017 or email


  • Monday 5 March, 10am-4pm, Quaker Meeting House, Friargate, York YO1 9RL
  • Wednesday 7 March, 10am-4pm, Seamer Village Hall, The Green, Seamer, Stokesley, TS9 5LS
  • Thursday 8 March, 10am-4pm, St Andrew’s Church Hall, Bishopthorpe, York YO23 2QG
  • Monday 12 March, 11.30am-4.30pm, Coronation Hall, Old Station Yard, Milby, Boroughbridge YO51 9BL
  • Monday 12 March, 10am-4pm, Cornerstone Methodist Church, 15 N Burns, Chester-le-Street DH3 3TF
  • Monday 12 March, 10am-4pm, Guild Room, St Mary’s Parish Hall, Barnard Castle DL12 8QN
  • Tuesday 13 March, 10am – 4pm, Hurworth Grange, Hurworth Road, Darlington, DL2 2BN
  • Wednesday 14 March, 10am-4pm, Malton (venue TBC)
  • Wednesday 14 March, 10am-4pm, Carlton WI Hall, Thorpe Road TS21 1DT
  • Wednesday 14 March, 11am – 4pm, Wydale Hall, Wydale, Scarborough, YO13 9DG
  • Friday 16 March, 10am-4pm, Hart Village Hall, Front Street, Hartlepool TS27 3AW
  • April – Bishop Auckland – date, time and venue TBC
  • May – York – date, time and venue TBC
  • Wednesday30 May, 10am – 4pm,Chester-le-Street Community Centre, Newcastle Road, Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham, DH3 3TS
  • Friday 8 June, 10am – 4pm, Hurworth Grange, Hurworth Road, Darlington, DL2 2BN
  • Monday 2 July, 10am – 4pm, St Nicholas Church Hall, BowStreet, Guisborough
  • Wednesday21November, Stockton-on-Tees ( venue to be confirmed)

Follow up sessions

These three-hour sessions are designed for graduates of the eight-week mindfulness course with a view to helping sustain mindfulness in everyday life.

The session will include mindfulness practices with discussion on how your personal mindfulness practice is developing and what supports/hinders it.

We will revisit some of the themes of the eight-week course as appropriate.

  • Thursday 1 March, 6pm-8pm Richmond, Richmond Sixth Form Building, Drama Studio, Darlington Road, Richmond, DL10 7BQ
  • April, Bishop Auckland date and venue TBC
  • May, York, date and venue TBC
  • Tuesday 17 July, 13.00 – 16.00, The Dales Room (upstairs), Gracious Street Methodist Church Hall, Knaresborough.


To book a place, please contact us:


Contact us

For general enquiries, please tel.01325 552017 or email.


Useful resources



Social media:



  • Williams and Penman - Mindfulness: a practical guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World (includes a CD of short practices).

  • Williams, Teasdale, Segal, & Kabat-Zinn: The Mindful Way Through Depression (includes a CD of short practices).

  • Teasdale, Williams & Segal: The Mindful Way Workbook An 8-week program to Free Yourself from Depression and Emotional Distress (includes a CD of short practices)

  • Orsillo & Roemer: The Mindful Way Through Anxiety.






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