We work with your organisation to develop employee mental well-being.

Our mission: minds that thrive at work and for life.

07921 753885 / [email protected]

Mental ill health can affect anyone at any time and is the biggest single cause of time off work. It is estimated that 1 in 6 employees are experiencing a mental health condition at any one time1. As the cross government mental health strategy declared: ‘There is No Health Without Mental Health’2.

‘77% of employees have experienced the symptoms of poor mental health at work’3

How can the Well Mind People help your organisation develop employee well-being? We have a range of options incorporating CBT and Mindfulness-based approaches.

Our well-being approaches

We can provide bespoke packages of well-being training from our Oxford-trained consultants, caring and experienced professionals who put well-being at the heart of what we do.

Mindfulness at work packages, from 2-hour taster sessions to the gold standard ‘Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy’ course

Our well-being programmes are tailored to your business with strategies employees can use straight away. On-site, one-off training programmes or regular well-being sessions. We will work to meet your goals of staff well-being.

The benefits of our well-being approaches

Our programmes can promote better levels of employee well-being and resilience. Evidence shows that comprehensive training in Mindfulness can reduce employee stress and improve mood and coping skills4.

Employees who enjoy mental well-being are more likely to be motivated and engaged with customers. Less employee absenteeism, more productivity. More engagement with organisational goals.

In a climate of difficulty in talent retention, employees who run mental health well-being programmes are seen as more attractive places to work than those who do not.

Mental ill health can affect anyone at any time and is the biggest single cause of time off work. It is estimated that 1 in 6 employees are experiencing a mental health condition at any one time1. As the cross government mental health strategy declared: ‘There is No Health Without Mental Health’2.

‘77% of employees have experienced the symptoms of poor mental health at work’3

How can the Well Mind People help your organisation develop employee well-being? We have a range of options incorporating CBT and Mindfulness-based approaches.

Our well-being approaches

We can provide bespoke packages of well-being training from our Oxford-trained consultants, caring and experienced professionals who put well-being at the heart of what we do.

Mindfulness at work packages, from 2-hour taster sessions to the gold standard ‘Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy’ course

Our well-being programmes are tailored to your business with strategies employees can use straight away.

On-site, one-off training programmes or regular well-being sessions.

We will work to meet your goals of staff well-being.

The benefits of our well-being approaches

Our programmes can promote better levels of employee well-being and resilience. Evidence shows that comprehensive training in Mindfulness can reduce employee stress and improve mood and coping skills4.

Employees who enjoy mental well-being are more likely to be motivated and engaged with customers. Less employee absenteeism, more productivity. More engagement with organisational goals.

In a climate of difficulty in talent retention, employees who run mental health well-being programmes are seen as more attractive places to work than those who do not.

“I have worked with Sara for many years. Her dedication and skill are impressive and she has made an enormous difference to many people’s lives as a therapist. More than that she is an excellent team player and is a great motivator and supporter of those around her. I cannot recommend her highly enough.”

Dr Andrew Molodynski, Consultant Psychiatrist, Oxford Health NHS Foundation, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer Oxford University. Trust, National Mental Health Lead BMA Consultant Committee, Deputy National Speciality Lead for Mental Health NIHR CRN, October 2019

Why Mindfulness for workplace well-being?

In our busy work environments, and in our lives, much of our time is spent focusing on a succession of tasks, moving from conversation to conversation, planning and doing, without being fully present or aware.

Drawing on modern psychology and ancient wisdom, and supported by a growing body of evidence-based research, practising mindfulness helps us become more aware of our experience in the present moment, and to relate to it more skilfully.

Mindfulness builds resilience through offering a different way of approaching difficulty within both the workplace and our personal lives.

It enables us to go about our work with greater awareness and choice, allowing us to respond mindfully to situations that arise, rather than react habitually.

contact us for a no obligation discussion

Mindfulness taster session

This two-hour experiential session (suitable for 10-30 participants) provides an introduction to the practice of mindfulness, including:

  • what mindfulness is and what it isn’t;
  • the benefits of mindful awareness and how this can help in the workplace;
  • guided practices and discussion;
  • a ‘toolkit’ of mini practices that can be used in the workplace to support well-being;
  • pointers to further resources for those wishing to learn more.

Mindfulness for Life 8-week course

  • Developed by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, this course is taught over 8 weekly sessions and offers an in-depth opportunity to develop mindfulness skills.
  • Participants are supported to understand how distress is created and maintained, to recognise unhelpful patterns of reactivity, and to develop a sense of greater balance and ease.
  • Providing mindfulness tools that can be used in the work-place to improve well-being for life.

Why Mindfulness for workplace well-being?

In our busy work environments, and in our lives, much of our time is spent focusing on a succession of tasks, moving from conversation to conversation, planning and doing, without being fully present or aware.

Drawing on modern psychology and ancient wisdom, and supported by a growing body of evidence-based research, practising mindfulness helps us become more aware of our experience in the present moment, and to relate to it more skilfully.

Mindfulness builds resilience through offering a different way of approaching difficulty within both the workplace and our personal lives.

It enables us to go about our work with greater awareness and choice, allowing us to respond mindfully to situations that arise, rather than react habitually.

Mindfulness taster session

This two-hour experiential session (suitable for 10-30 participants) provides an introduction to the practice of mindfulness, including:

  • what mindfulness is and what it isn’t;
  • the benefits of mindful awareness and how this can help in the workplace;
  • guided practices and discussion;
  • a ‘toolkit’ of mini practices that can be used in the workplace to support well-being;
  • pointers to further resources for those wishing to learn more.

Mindfulness for Life 8-week course

  • Developed by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, this course is taught over 8 weekly sessions and offers an in-depth opportunity to develop mindfulness skills.
  • Participants are supported to understand how distress is created and maintained, to recognise unhelpful patterns of reactivity, and to develop a sense of greater balance and ease.
  • Providing mindfulness tools that can be used in the work-place to improve well-being for life.
contact us for a no obligation discussion

 Well Mind People CBT clinics

These are confidential 1 to 1 sessions to assess and promote mental well being for your employees. They can be offered at your place of work for convenience or at our HQ in South Oxfordshire.

They will generally be 45 minutes long and will be a chance for employees to discuss any issues pertaining to their mental well being with our expert CBT therapists or clinical psychologists.

Issues we can help with are detailed above but this is not exhaustive as CBT skills are transferrable to many different difficulties. We can advise the best way forward and sign post to further resources if necessary. We can also offer confidential 1 to 1 therapy if required.

Let us help you and you can get on with your business. Get in touch with the Well Mind People to see how we can help you.

What can CBT help with?

  • Depression and Burnout
  • Procrastination
  • Generalised Anxiety  and Excessive Worry
  • Stress
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Interpersonal and Relationship difficulties
  • Anger
  • Adjustment to Life events and Transitions, parenthood, change of work role etc
  • Low self confidence and self esteem
  • Sleep problems
  • Coping with chronic health problems, disability and pain

What is CBT?

The chances are you have heard of CBT as it is often in the news. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a talking therapy that is concerned with the way people think and act in various situations and explores the origins and consequences of thinking and acting in such a way. CBT has been extensively researched; in fact, more than any other talking therapy.

contact us for a no obligation discussion

 Well Mind People CBT clinics

These are confidential 1 to 1 sessions to assess and promote mental well being for your employees. They can be offered at your place of work for convenience or at our HQ in South Oxfordshire.

They will generally be 45 minutes long and will be a chance for employees to discuss any issues pertaining to their mental well being with our expert CBT therapists or clinical psychologists.

Issues we can help with are detailed above but this is not exhaustive as CBT skills are transferrable to many different difficulties. We can advise the best way forward and sign post to further resources if necessary. We can also offer confidential 1 to 1 therapy if required.

Let us help you and you can get on with your business. Get in touch with the Well Mind People to see how we can help you.

What can CBT help with?

  • Depression and Burnout
  • Procrastination
  • Generalised Anxiety  and Excessive Worry
  • Stress
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Interpersonal and Relationship difficulties
  • Anger
  • Adjustment to Life events and Transitions, parenthood, change of work role etc
  • Low self confidence and self esteem
  • Sleep problems
  • Coping with chronic health problems, disability and pain

What is CBT?

The chances are you have heard of CBT as it is often in the news. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a talking therapy that is concerned with the way people think and act in various situations and explores the origins and consequences of thinking and acting in such a way. CBT has been extensively researched; in fact, more than any other talking therapy.

contact us for a no obligation discussion

Our People

  • Registered mental nurse 1989   NMC 85I325IE
  • PG Diploma in CBT  OCTC / Oxford University 2011
  • Full accreditation with BABCP 120646
  • Certificate in IHSM.
  • Certificate in Health Promotion.
  • BSc in Health Studies

Sara Whammond, Managing Director

Sara has had an interest in mental health from a very young age.  Having a close member of family living with schizophrenia it was part of her life and she always knew that she would want to help others who struggle with their mental health. At 16 she started volunteering at the local psychiatric hospital (making beds and cups of tea!) and found she loved helping others and was good at it. She trained as a mental health nurse when she was 18, by 22 was a ward sister, and by 25 was in charge of the hospital at night. She developed an interest in CBT and was successful in obtaining a place at the world renowned centre of excellence for CBT at Oxford University. Sara set up Oxford Talking Therapies which provides independent CBT and psychology in Oxfordshire and through this work she heard from lots of people about how employers looked after their physical health, but no always their mental health. She thought she could bring the skills and experience from her individual work to the business community, so it was a natural step to form ‘Well Mind People’.

  • BSc and Masters in Biochemistry, Oxford University 1996-2000
  • Foundational Training in teaching Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Oxford Mindfulness Centre
  • ‘MBCT for Life’ Masterclass training, Oxford Mindfulness Centre

Claire Bird, Consultant

Claire has a business background in Scientific Publishing, having studied Biochemistry at Oxford University and a career as a Publisher at Oxford University Press. She subsequently trained at the world-renowned Oxford Mindfulness Centre to teach Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy.

“Cultivating mindfulness has had a huge impact on me, and I am passionate about teaching mindfulness ‘skills for life’ with integrity.”

Claire has run public mindfulness-based courses, and has co-taught within a clinical setting, working with participants living with chronic pain. She is also passionate about bringing mindfulness to schools – facilitating courses for staff and teaching mindfulness to primary-aged children. Claire is a mum of two and whenever she has the opportunity, she loves to walk in nature.​

  • BA (Hons) Mental Health Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) Substance Use and Misuse Studies
  • Foundational Training in teaching Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Oxford Mindfulness Centre
  • ‘MBCT for Life’ Masterclass training, Oxford Mindfulness Centre

Emma Turner, Consultant

Emma originally trained as a Mental Health Nurse, and worked in both Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Substance Misuse Services. She has a passion for promoting good mental health and well-being. She trained to teach Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, an organisation at the forefront of research and training. Emma has taught mindfulness to the general population, within education, and co-taught in a clinical setting. She strongly believes in the positive impact that practising mindfulness can have on individuals and organisations.

Claire Bird and Emma Turner are registered on the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations Listing and are committed to the good practice guidelines of the UK Network for training, practice and supervision.

They continue to develop their own personal mindfulness practice – experiencing the benefits of the practice and sharing these through their teaching, with authenticity and integrity.

Sara and her team have all trained at Oxford University the a renowned centre of excellence in CBT and Mindfulness training. The Well Mind People are experts in mental health and wellbeing and adhere to strict codes of ethics and standards by relevant professional bodies. Contact us to see how we can help your organisation improve its mental health and wellbeing.

Feedback from recent Mindfulness for Life course participants

​ ‘I have taken a huge amount from the course. I feel that I can approach the way I process thoughts/feelings differently, and I can choose to change the ways I interact. The course has been life changing – another way for me to live.’

‘I have learnt that it is a gradual process of practising to incline the mind and find a sense of space. I know this will benefit me immensely and my family.’

‘I really enjoyed the course and am taking away a toolkit to use daily’

Feedback from CBT Clients

‘Initially you suggested I might need 6 sessions so I am really grateful for the way we have worked together to achieve my goals in 4!’

Charlotte

‘Your sensitive questions and encouragement have enabled me to get a much more positive perspective on my life’

James

‘I was sceptical at first at how talking could make a difference but it did and I now feel so much better! Thanks’

Oliver

Contact us

in confidence on:

07921 753885

[email protected]

Head office

Ptolemy House, Reading Road, Wallingford,  OX10 9DN

References:

  1. Lelliott, P., Tulloch, S., Boardman, J., Harvey, S., & Henderson, H. (2008). Mental health and work. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/212266/hwwb-mental-health-and-work.pdf
  2. HM Government (2011). No Health Without Mental Health: a cross-government mental health outcomes strategy for people of all ages. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/138253/dh_124058.pdf
  3. Deloitte (2017). Mental health and employers: The case for investment. https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/uk/Documents/public-sector/deloitte-uk-mental-health-employers-monitor-deloitte-oct-2017.pdf
  4. The Mindfulness Initiative (2016). Building the Case for Mindfulness in the Workplace. https://www.themindfulnessinitiative.org/building-the-case-for-mindfulness-in-the-workplace