West Park Hospital

Edward Pease Way



DL2 2TS.


Telephone 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.

You can try out a brief mindfulness meditation below to give you an idea of what our taster sessions and courses are like. It’s best to do this sitting in a chair and at a time when you know you won’t be interrupted.

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?


Venue: Live Well Centre, Dundas Shopping Centre, Middlesbrough TS1 1HR.
Taster sessions: Tuesday 26 June, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Tuesday 10 July, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Course starts: Wednesday 19 September, 12.30pm




The Community Room, ASDA Superstore, Surtees Road, Peterlee (customer services will escort you to the room)
Taster sessions: Tuesday 21 August, 10am – 12 noon OR

Tuesday 28 August, 10am – 12 noon

Course starts: Tuesday 18th Sep 10.00 – 12.15





Wellbeing Centre, Butterwick Hospice, Stockton-on-Tees
Taster sessions: Wednesday 29 August, 1.30pm – 3.30pm OR

Wednesday 5 September, 10am-12 noon

Course starts: Wednesdays 3 October, 10-12.15


Venue: St Nicholas Church Hall, Guisborough.
Taster sessions: Monday 20 August, 10am – 12 noon

Monday 3 September, 10am – 12 noon

Course starts: Monday 17 September, 10am – 12.15pm


Darlington, Durham and Dales

Venue: Friends Meeting House, 6 Skinner Gate, Darlington, DL3 7NB.
Taster sessions: Tuesday 12 June 10.30am – 12.30pm

Tuesday 17 July  10.30am – 12.30pm

Course starts: Tuesday 18 September, 10am – 12.15pm


Venue: Framwellgate Moor Community Centre, Front Street, Durham, DH1 5BL
Taster sessions: Tuesday 17 July, 10am -12 noon

Thursday 2 August, 6pm – 8pm

Course starts: Tuesday 18 September, 10am -12.15pm


Venue: St Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill,  Crook
Taster Sessions: Wednesday 22 August, 10am – 12 noon

Wednesday 29 August, 10am -12 noon

Course starts: Wednesday 19 September 2018, 10am – 12.15pm


Venue: Community Space 3, Tesco Extra, Genesis Way, Consett, DH8 5XP.
Taster sessions: Monday 20 August and

Monday 3 September,  3pm – 5pm

Course starts: Monday 17 September, 3.15pm – 5.30pm.


North Yorkshire

Venue: The Old School House, Richmond Road, Leyburn DL8 5DL.
Taster sessions: Thursday 12 July, 2pm – 4pm

Thursday 6 September, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Course starts: Thursday 4 October, 10.30am – 12.45pm


Vale of York


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

 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 29 October10am – 4pm, Blackhill and Consett Park, Laburnum Avenue, Consett
    DH8 5TA
  • Tuesday 30 October, 10am – 4 pmSalvation Army, Sherburn Hill, DH6 1PA
  • Wednesday 31 October, 10am – 4pm, St. Cuthbert’s Centre, 33 Church Hill, Crook, County Durham, DL15 9DU
  • Friday 2 November, 10am – 4pm, Witton Gilbert Community Centre (Cooper Hall), Witton Gilbert, Durham, DH7 6TF
  • Tuesday 6 November, 10am – 4pm, Elm Ridge Methodist Church, Carmel Road South, Darlington, DL3 8DJ
  • Thursday 8 November, 10am -4pm, Ingleby Greenhow Village Hall.
  • Wednesday 14 November 10am – 4pm, Skelton village hall, 1 Brecksfield, Skelton, York YO30 1YB
  • Wednesday 21 November, 10am – 4pm, Carleton Village Hall
  • Thursday 22 November, 10.30am – 4.30pm, The Old School House, Leyburn
  • Monday 26 November, 10am – 4pm, Harrogate ***venue to be confirmed***
  • Friday 23 November, 10am – 4pm, St. Cuthbert’s Church Hall, Darlington.


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.

  • Wednesday 11 July, 10am – 11am Acomb Friends Meeting House, The Green, Acomb, York, YO26 5LR
  • Thursday 18 October, 9.30am – 12.30pm, Northallerton Methodist Church Hall, Cottage Meeting Room, 73 High Street, DL7 8EG
  • January 2019, Middlesbrough, TBC
  • April 2019, Durham TBC

To book a place, please contact us:

Contact us

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

You can also hear a little bit more about our mindfulness taster days and courses from the TEWV mindfulness team below:

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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