HEADS: UP (Helping Ease Anxiety and Depression after Stroke)
We aim to co-create a stroke-specific adaptation of the standard Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, to help people affected by stroke cope with symptoms of anxiety and depression. This family-centred, self-management intervention is designed for delivery in community locations. The adapted course incorporates behaviour change techniques, including peer support, to help people follow the full course (9 weeks) and to commit to practicing the skills taught on the course in their own time, and thus derive maximum therapeutic benefit.
Adaptation work is ongoing; due for completion in January 2019.