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?



The Live Well Centre, Dundas Arcade, Dundas Street, Middlesbrough TS1 1HR
Taster sessions:
Tuesday 12 December, 1.30pm-3.30pm OR Wednesday 3 January, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Course starts:
Wednesday 24 January, 1.30pm-3.45pm
Information sheet for GP use - Middlesbrough

Seven Wellbeing Centre, Middlefield Road, Stockton-On-Tees TS19 8XN
Taster sessions:
Wednesday 13 December, 10am-noon OR Wednesday 20 December, 10am-noon
Course starts:
Wednesday 31 January 2018 – 10am
Information sheet for GP use - Stockton

Durham and Dales

Guild Room, St Mary's Church Hall, Barnard Castle DL12 8QN
Taster sessions:
Monday 11 December, 10am-noon OR Monday 18 December, 10am-noon
Course starts:
Monday 29 January, 10am-12.15pm
Information sheet for GP use - Barnard Castle

Darlington Quaker House, Friends Meeting House, Darlington DL3 7NB
Taster session:
Tuesday 12 December, 1pm-3pm OR Tuesday 19 December, 10am-noon
Course starts:
Tuesday 30 January, 10am
Information sheet for GP use - Darlington

North Yorkshire

Evolution Business Centre, Darlington Road, Northallerton DL6 2NQ
Taster session:
Tuesday 5 December 9.30am-11.30am
Course starts:
Tuesday 23 January, 10am-12.15pm 
Information sheet for GP use - Northallerton


Gracious Street Methodist Church, Knaresborough HG5 8DS
Taster session:
Tuesday 28 November, 1pm-3pm OR Tuesday 12 December, 1pm-3pm OR Tuesday 16 January 1pm-3pm
Course starts:
Monday 29 January, 2.30pm-4.45pm
Information sheet for GP use - Knaresborough


Coronation Hall, Old Station Yard, Milby, Boroughbridge YO51 9BL
Taster session:
Wednesday 29 November, 9.45am-11.45am OR Monday 8 January, 9.45am-11.45am
Course starts:
Monday 29 January, 10.30am-12.45pm
Information sheet for GP use - Boroughbridge

Malton Baptist Church Hall, Wells Lane, Malton YO17 7NX
Taster session:
Tuesday 28 November, 10am-noon OR Wednesday 10 January, 10am-noon
Course starts:
Wednesday 31 January, 1.30pm-3.45pm
Information sheet for GP use - Malton

Vale of York

The Standering Hall (next to St James' Church), Audus Street, Selby YO8 4HJ
Taster session:
Wednesday 22 November, 1.30pm-3.30pm OR Wednesday 13 December, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Courses starts:
Wednesday 24 January, 1pm-3.15pm
Information sheet for GP use - Selby

Quaker Meeting House, Friargate, York YO1 9RL
Taster session:
Monday 11 December, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Course starts:
Monday 22 January, 10am-12.15pm October
Information sheet for GP use - York

Details of further courses taking place across the Trust area will be added here.  

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

  • Tuesday 6 March, 10am-4pm, Northallerton (venue TBC)

  • Wednesday 7 March, 10am-4pm, Carlton WI Hall, Thorpe Road TS21 1DT

  • Thursday 8 March, 10am-4pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Bishopthorpe, York YO23 2QG

  • Monday 12 March, 10.30am-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

  • Wednesday 14 March, Malton (venue TBC)

  • Wednesday 14 March, 10am-4pm, Carlton WI Hall, Thorpe Road TS21 1DT

  • Friday 16 March, 10am-4pm Hart Village Hall, Front Street, Hartlepool TS27 3AW

  • Date TBC, 10am-4pm, Hurworth Grange, 41 Hurworth Road, Hurworth, Darlington DL2 2BN
  • April – Bishop Auckland – date, time and venue TBC

  • May – York – date, time and venue TBC


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.

To book a place please contact us (see contact us below): 

  • Monday 18 December, 1pm-4pm Guild Hall, St Mary’s Parish Hall, Barnard Castle DL12 8QN 

  • Monday 15 January, 1pm–4pm Malton, Malton Baptist Church Hall, Wells Lane, Malton YO17 7NX

  • Thursday 1 February, 1.30pm-4.30pm Stockton, Carlton WI Hall, Thorpe Road, Carlton,TS21 1DT

  • 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

Contact us

For general enquiries, please tel.01325 552017 or email


If your enquiry is about a particular course please contact:


Jo Cromarty

Courses in Hambleton and Richmondshire

07775 113440


Paul Bernard

Courses in Hambleton and Richmondshire

07967 306152

Russell Hodgson

Courses in Middlesbrough, Bishop Auckland and Durham Dales

07796 177853


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.






Date last updated:

21 / 12 / 2017

Archive date:

21 / 12 / 2020


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