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Collaborative Recovery For Young Minds

Online, collaborative support and recovery programmes for 8 to 25-year olds, that bring families, schools, doctors and practitioners together, to build resilience in young people and help them recover quickly from mental health problems.

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Why use us?

+ Integrated recovery programme
+ We aim for the fastest possible recovery time
+ Immediate access - we get you help quickly

We are confidential

At the heart of Mindful’s service are confidential, on-line video sessions with qualified practitioners. The practitioners work collaboratively with the families/carers, schools and GPs to provide an integrated support programme designed to build resilience and help progress recovery from mental health problems.

We are best practice

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommends programmes which integrate health, education and social care needs. Mindful’s integrated approach which uses therapy, therapeutic activities and collaboration with families, schools and GPs achieves this.

We are low cost

We are exceptional value for money. Our cost base is kept low through high utilisation of associate practitioners from anywhere in the country and our fees include support for a recovery team including the child, family and school.

Mindful provides you with a personal, comprehensive recovery programme which is tailored to mental healthcare needs, such as anxiety and depression.

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Our Recovery Programme

The Mindful recovery system includes six essential interrelated support mechanisms:

Planning Recovery and Review

Planning Recovery & Review

We use the Revised Child and Anxiety Depression Scale (Chorpita, Yim, Moffitt, Umemoto and Francis, 2000) to help us understand the young person's difficulties. We differentiate between each type of anxiety, including social and separation anxiety.

Within a week of registering you will have a comprehensive video consultation – up to 90 mins - with the practitioner you have selected. The practitioner will then design a recovery programme for you incorporating a range of therapies best suited to target and resolve the problems that you are facing.

On a monthly basis, your chosen senior practitioner will review recorded sessions, monitor progress and suggest any changes to improve the programme. In this way Mindful provides an innovative and hands-on approach that ensures an experienced professional is directly involved in your programme. We assess whether there are any issues between the practitioner and the young person, such as incompatibility, or whether the therapy plan requires amendment.

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Young Person's Recovery Programme

Young Person's Recovery Programme

Each young person will choose a qualified practitioner who will manage all aspects of their recovery. With the young person's consent the Mindful Team Leader will have weekly contact with the young person, their family and their school and where appropriate, their GP and/or social worker. They will respond to requests and plan therapy programmes. Through this the family and school will gain a clear understanding of the young person's progress and ongoing needs.

Following successful completion of the recovery program, a ‘moving-on’ plan will be devised which will include a 3-month check-in to assess whether any additional support is needed. If this is the case, the young person will be encouraged to continue with a revised programme.

Following successful completion of the recovery program, a ‘moving-on’ plan will be devised which will include 3-month check-in to assess whether any additional support is needed. If this is the case, the young person will be encouraged to continue with a revised programme.

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Online Video Therapy 

Online Video Therapy

An evidence-based and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance recommended treatment approach for anxiety and low mood. It is an active therapy in which the therapist supports the young person in making links between their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and encourages them to gradually face their difficult feelings through behavioural experiments. Negative thinking patterns are explored and gradually restructured with the aim of improving the young person’s mood and reducing any worries.

A non-directive, non-judgemental supportive listening approach in which the young person is given the opportunity to talk freely about their worries and feelings and to come to an understanding of their difficulties with the support of their counsellor. This approach may require a longer term intervention, depending on the needs of the young person.

This approach is goal oriented and focuses on solving problems experienced in the present time, rather than reflecting on difficult experiences in the past. It aims to improve the young person’s quality of life rather than addressing specific emotional difficulties. This approach assumes that the young person knows what they need to do to solve their problems and supports them in the process of making positive change.

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Therapeutic Activities

Our programmes include a range of other therapeutic activities designed to aid recovery.

Mindful recognises the need for an integrated recovery programme which incorporates all aspects of care – psychological, physical, emotional and social support. To achieve this, we use a few high impact therapeutic activities: 

Therapeutic Activities

• There is a direct association between what people eat and how they feel.
• Nutrition may play an important role in the prevention of depression and anxiety and its management and recovery from the condition
• A balanced diet providing a range of beneficial nutrients, (vitamins, minerals and essential fats) contributes to a young person’s recovery and their emotional well-being.
• Mindful provides access to nutritional advice and our practitioners will guide young people and families through making dietary changes to improve mental well-being 

• Physical activity has been shown to cause chemical changes in the brain which lead to a positive effect on mood.
• In children and young people exercise has been shown to positively impact feelings of self-esteem and self-worth, and can reduce levels of anxiety
• Activity helps young people to develop self-control and builds resilience.
• A physical exercise programme can be used effectively in conjunction with other psychological therapies to promote recovery.
• Within the Mindful programme our recovery managers and exercise practitioners offer young people access to individually tailored activity programmes, and on-going support 

• Experiencing mental health difficulties can affect the way you sleep, and an inability to sleep well can initiate a negative impact on mental health.
• Poor sleep is an indicator of declining mental health.
• Tiredness makes it more difficult to cope during the day, and may lead young people to be less sociable, find school challenging, and become more isolated.
• Mindful practitioners will guide young people to work towards achieving healthy sleep. They will support young people with advice on relaxation techniques and provide guidance on establishing routines, and the impact of diet, activity and technology, on sleep patterns 

• Learning to relax your mind can help with sleep and managing stress and anxiety
• Relaxation is a skill, which takes practice but can be learned.
• Mindful practitioners will guide young people through relaxation techniques such as focussed breathing and imagery. They will also encourage the use of mindfulness – a technique that allows you to begin to notice and understand aspects of your daily life in a calm way. 

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Schools and Higher Education Collaboration

School & Higher Education Collaboration

Mindful Recovery is unique in that it brings together the educational establishment and practitioners in a reciprocal collaborative approach. The teacher and/or pastoral lead workers will be able to talk with the Recovery Manager assigned to individual students on a weekly basis. This is done only with the consent of the young person.

Through this they will gain a clear understanding of the young person’s progress and their ongoing needs. This guidance from a trained practitioner enables the educator to develop an action plan for the school’s input in helping the young person recover and to create a non-toxic climate within the school. The school can learn to replicate the supportive atmosphere that has been created by the practitioner, this ensures that the young person is cared for both in Mindful sessions and in their school life.

Mindful also provides a platform for the educator to share any thoughts, feelings and/or worries about the student with the Recovery Manager, a trained practitioner, therefore helping to guide and possibly amend the young person’s recovery programme. Such collaborative support dramatically increases recovery rates. 

Family and Carers Collaboration

Family & Carer Collaboration

Mindful Recovery is unique in that it brings together the family and practitioners in a reciprocal collaborative approach. The parent/carer will be able to talk with the Recovery Manager assigned to their child on a weekly basis. This is done only with the consent of the young person.

Through this they will gain a clear understanding of their child’s progress and their ongoing needs. This guidance from a trained practitioner enables the parent/carer to develop an action plan on how to better support their child and to create a non-toxic climate within the home. The parent/carer can learn to replicate the supportive atmosphere that has been created by the practitioner, tailored to the mental health needs of their child.

It also provides a platform for the parent/carer to share any thoughts, feelings and/or worries about their child with the Recovery Manager, a trained practitioner, therefore helping to guide and possibly amend their child’s recovery programme. Such collaborative support dramatically increases recovery rates. 

Our Recovery Managers and Practitioners

Dr. Kerry Audin - Senior Therapist

Dr. Kerry Audin

Senior Practitioner

Kerry is a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist with over 12 years experience working with children, young people and their parents/carers in a range..

Beth Mabey - Delivery Practitioner

Beth Mabey

Delivery Practitioner

Beth has nutritional and personal trainer qualifications. Her degree, Childhood, Education and Society included amongst other modules, sleep therapy.

Rebecca Mount – Senior Practitioner

Rebecca Mount

Senior Practitioner

Rebecca is a Chartered and Registered Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience of working with children, families and young adults within NHS..

Vicky Miley – Recovery Team Manager

Vicky Miley 

Mindful Team Leader

Vicky is a qualified occupational therapist with a diploma in counselling. She has completed a post graduate certificate in child and adolescent mental..

Tiffany Howl

Tiffany Howl

Mindful Team Leader

Tiffany is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with 12 years clinical experience with both adults and young people..

Gavin Crisp

Gavin Crisp

Mindful Team Leader

Gavin has experience working with children and adults with a range of psychological and complex needs. He has a particular interest in trauma.. 

Irfan Alam - Social Worker

Irfan Alam

Delivery Practitioner

Irfan is currently an Assistant Director at Birmingham Children’s Services Trust. Prior to this post, Irfan was the Assistant Director for Children’s Services..

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Mindful is not intended as an emergency or crisis service. If you need urgent support call 999, 111 (NHS) or the Samaritans on 116123, or contact your local A&E.

About us

Mindful is the first service of its kind. We provide affordable online access to world class treatment for young people with mental health issues. We work with their families, teachers and GPs to help them recover much more quickly than they would do with the current services on offer.

There is enormous unmet demand for young people’s mental health services, brought about by long NHS waiting lists and the high cost of private alternatives. On-line therapy services do exist, but these alone are not enough. Successful recovery programmes require a collaborative approach that involves families, schools, doctors, diet and exercise, as well as a range of therapeutic activities.

Mindful uses technology to provide comprehensive, integrated recovery programmes directly to those in need – all delivered through an affordable, on-line service. Mindful’s new and unique approach treats, educates and builds resilience in young people, helping them change, recover and become stronger as quickly as possible. 

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Unmet Demand

Sad Teenage Boy

NHS Digital Findings, 2017



1 in 8 of young people, (approximately 2 million in the UK), have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem. 80% of these are emotional issues such as anxiety and/or depression, of which 20% result in behavioural problems and sometimes exclusion from school.

Depressed Girl

Long waits for NHS CAMHS services

50,000 children per year remain on CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) waiting lists. At any one time, 13,338 children have been waiting more than 4 weeks to be assessed. Average wait time between referral and start of treatment exceeds 9 months. 

Stressed Boy studying

SEMH provision in mainstream schools is inadequate

Poor SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health) provision results in high exclusion rates Those excluded rarely re-enter mainstream schooling, incurring high cost to local authorities. 

Depressed Girl

23% of children assessed by CAMHS are refused treatment

Significant numbers of children are not given access to CAMHS services. They are either declined referral by their GP or rejected following an assessment by CAMHS.

Insecure Boy

Private treatment is expensive


Many families cannot afford private therapy services. The average cost of private treatment is high and does not include all the vital interactions and mentoring for schools and families which leads to considerably longer recovery times. At £65 per week, we estimate that our service is less than half the average cost of current private care services and much more effective. 

Stressed Young Man

Demand for mental health treatment is rising


2,379 additional SEMH school places will be required by 2021 if exclusions continue at current rates.
The CAMHS service is projecting a 5% year on year increase in referrals.  

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Our Unique Approach

Mindful Recovery Programmes

Collaborative Recovery Management
Each young person will choose a qualified practitioner who will manage all aspects of their recovery. With the young person's consent the Recovery Manager will have weekly contact with the young person, their family and their school and where appropriate, their GP and/or social worker. They will respond to requests and plan therapy programmes. Through this the family and school will gain a clear understanding of the young person's progress and ongoing needs.

Immediate Access To Support
Fast access to qualified practitioners - Support from the comfort of home or school - eliminating the need for anxious young people to travel to clinics.

Low Cost, High Value
We aim to considerably reduce the time of recovery through our integrated programme. The programme utilises therapy and therapeutic activities while maintaining a link between the school and family. We charge a very low cost per week for this coordinated support and therefore are able to reduce the cost to the NHS, schools, local authorities and families.

Our Technology

Mindful is developing a technology platform to deliver its services using leading, industry-standard technology. Therapy is via online video consultations, which have been proven to engage people. The young person-controlled secure access to data will enables information to be shared, eliminating the need for the young person to re-tell their stories to a series of different professionals.

This Mindful secure technology platform will ensures that all confidential data is only available to those who need it and are given permission to access it. This means schools, families, carers, GPs and practitioners will be able to access relevant data, monitor progress and contribute throughout the recovery programme. The platform will also encrypts and records all therapy sessions, so progress can be independently assessed and evaluated – but only by those with permission to do so.

At the heart of the system is the Hyperledger blockchain, which is used alongside Alexi AI to manage, control and provide the secure, permissioned access to patient data. This is integrated with Google Pay, Google Diary, Google Chat and the Zoom video conferencing system. 

Our Team

Janet Ashby - CEO

Janet Ashby

CEO

Janet brings over 20 years’ experience in operational management and transformation. She has worked in management..

Kate Cozens - Senior Operations Consultant

Kate Cozens

Senior Operations Consultant

Kate is a performance development consultant with strong foundation skills in project management, logistics and..

Clive Field - Financial Director

Clive Field

Finance Director 

Clive is a very experienced and successful NHS Director of Finance - a qualified accountant who thrives in an..

Niketta Postlethwaite - Technology Lead

Niketta Postlethwaite

Technology Lead
Experienced Product Manager focused on bringing innovative products to the market.
A proactive and driven team player and..

Our Advisors

Dr. Neil Jarrett - Founder

Dr. Neil Jarrett

Founder 

Neil has qualifications and experience in Business Management and Engineering.
For the last fifteen years Neil has developed a track record....

Simon Barnby - Chairman

Simon Barnby

Chairman 

Simon brings extensive business and commercial experience having worked for and run a variety of firms, from small technology start-ups to..

David Bradley - Mental Healthcare

David Bradley

Mental Healthcare

David is currently CEO of South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust. He has over 20 years’ experience working within the NHS and..

Bev Mabey - CEO Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust

Dr. Bev Mabey

CEO Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust 
Dr. Bev Mabey has been in education within both the Primary and Secondary sector for 36 years and 22 years have been in leadership..

Anna Zylko – Parent And Teacher

Anna Zylko

Parent And Teacher

Anna is a qualified teacher with more than 30 years experience of teaching and management in education working mainly with disaffected teenagers in..

Mike James Moore – Healthcare Research

Mike James Moore

Healthcare Research

Mike is an experienced Manager and Consultant at a senior level and a successful Researcher & Teacher on management issues in a technical and service..

Flo Sharman – Mental Health Campaigner

Flo Sharman

Mental Health Campaigner

Flo Sharman is now an active campaigner for mental health charities. She was a CAMHS patient in Birmingham from the age of 8 to 18 and suffered..

Michelle Gabriel - Michelle Gabriel - HR Director

Michelle Gabriel

Michelle Gabriel - HR Director

Solution focused HR Director and employment lawyer with experience in public and private sector organisations and over..

Marcus Ezekiel - Legal Lead

Marcus Ezekiel

Legal Lead

Marcus is principal consultant for General Counsel Consulting Ltd. He is an experienced UK qualified solicitor who has worked for over 20 years..

Cathal Lynch - Education Lead

Cathal Lynch

Education Lead

Cathal has worked in education for over 25 years, holding numerous senior positions in mainstream schools before becoming..

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