Effects of Internet-based mindfulness program in promoting well-being of the public

[Speaker] Yu, Chunleung:1
[Co-author] Mak, Winnie Wing Sze:1, Chio, Floria Hin Ngan:1, Chan, Amy Tsz Ying:1, Lui, Wacy Wai Sze:2
1:The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), 2:Center For Personal Growth and Crisis Intervention of the Corporate Clinical Psychology Service - Hospital Authority (Hong Kong)

This study investigated the efficacy of an 8-week Internet-based mindfulness training program (iMIND) in comparison with the empirically supported 8-week Internet based cognitive-behavioral training (iCBT) in improving well-being using a randomized controlled design. Both training requires participants to read materials over the Internet as well as homework assignments related to the respective conditions with the assistance of worksheets, audios, and videos for 30-45 minutes a week. They also were supported weekly by a trained staff via emails or phone calls to encourage continued practice. Findings showed that both iMIND and iCBT were efficacious in improving various domains of mental (i.e., overall well-being, stress) and physical (i.e., sleep quality) well-being at post-training and at three-month follow-up. Internet-based training is a convenient and effective way to promote mental health of the public when mental health resources and personnel are scarce in the community.
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