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The Oxford Mindfulness Centre

is an international centre of excellence within Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry. We work with partners around the world to prevent depression and enhance human potential through the therapeutic use of mindfulness.

00028494The Oxford Mindfulness Centre is located in the POWIC building at the Warneford Hospital, Oxford


The Forefront of Research and Development in the Field of Mindfulness


Our current work:

The benefits of mindfulness in preventing serious depression and emotional distress have been proven by more than ten clinical trials. Work continues to explore what works for whom. We are also exploring how to support graduates of 8-week MBCT programmes stay well in the long term. We have supported adapting the MBCT approach to other disorders, using new understandings from neuroscience and experimental cognitive science. Extending MBCT to people who are struggling to keep up with the demands of the modern world has also been a key development.


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Our focus is to explore the potential of mindfulness in helping people build resilience at critical periods in their lives:

Mindfulness and Resilience in Adolescence in school settings

Considering how best to make MBCT accessible to those who might benefit

Mindfulness in the peri-natal period

Mindfulness and parenting

Mindfulness and suicidality


What we have achieved:

Our research was instrumental in MBCT becoming a treatment of choice for prevention of recurrent depression in the UK National Health Service.

More recent work has led to major breakthroughs in understanding how mindfulness can reduce suicidality in depression, emotional turbulence in bipolar disorder and serious health anxiety.



In order to ensure that this approach is made widely available we have trained health professionals from numerous countries across the world who are now able to offer mindfulness-based interventions. Through our books, articles, seminars, blogs, workshops and presentations in academic and public settings we have extended the message of the benefits of mindfulness to hundreds of thousands of people across the world.


Securing the future

OMC Development CampaignThe Oxford Mindfulness Centre is committed to ensuring mindfulness can realise its full potential through sustained research and dissemination, training, development and outreach and our fundraising campaign is dedicated to secure the future of its work for the benefit of generations to come.

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