This is an evidence-based practice site maintained by Rachel Parker, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and a senior mental health consultant and researcher.
All of the resources on this site draw upon evidence-based therapies, as well as from psychology, neuroscience and public health, and include a socio-ecological systems perspective. It is called The Well-being Doc, as it documents well-being activities for you to try out and taste for yourself.
CURRENT RESEARCH: For a selection of Rachel’s research outputs, please visit her Researchgate profile page from this link here.
CONSULTANCY WORK: Rachel’s consultancy projects help to strengthen capacity when specific societal needs arise, as well as translating research into practice. She builds community sustainability, resilience and well-being. By maximising opportunities for knowledge exchange, co-production and research, this generates positive impacts for societal benefit, helping to address the societal challenges we face together. A recent example is building capacity in youth mental health services in response to the increasing needs within the COVID-19 pandemic.
The resources on this site develop our skills for mental health, resilience and well-being.
All of the resources on this site draw upon evidence-based research practice.
Ongoing stress and emotional distress creates the potential for long term negative consequences on our emotions, feelings and behaviours. See the understanding stress page for more information about this.
March 2020 site update information
This site is being regularly updated to provide support for our mental health and well-being in the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19) period.
The coronavirus pandemic is a period of uncertainty and rapid change. It delivers a range of psychosocial stresses, that we are ALL facing together.
The resources on this site are designed to provide support to help us cope with stress and emotional distress, as well as build psychosocial resilience in the face of COVID-19. Using these site resources can strengthen our mental health and well-being in this challenging situation, building capacity and social capital for working with the complexities that arise from COVID-19, such as the psychosocial stresses.
Evidence-based Psychological Therapies.
There are number of scientific evidence-based psychological therapies (drawn from the third wave of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) that are designed to address these types of barriers to our well-being. These therapies include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Meta-cognitive Therapy (Hayes and Hofmann 2017). The resources on this site draw upon these evidence-based therapies, as well as from psychology, neuroscience and public health, and include a socio-ecological systems perspective.
To let you know that this is evidence-based well-being practice, there is a sample of these research references across the site.
This site is maintained by Rachel Parker FRSPH, a senior mental health consultant and researcher based at DECIPHER, Cardiff University.
This is a small sample of the research evidence used to inform this site.
Crane, R.2017. Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy. London and New York. Routledge.
Fisher, P. 2009. Metacognitive Therapy. London and New York. Routledge.
Flaxman, P.E., Blackledge, J.T. and Bond, F.W. 2011. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. London and New York. Routledge.
Hayes, S.C. and Hofmann, S.G .2017. The third wave of cognitive behaviour therapy and the rise of processed-based care. World Psychiatry, 16 (3), pp.245-246.
Kabat-Zinn, J. 1994. Wherever you go there you are: Mindfulness meditation in everyday life. New York, NY. Hyperion.
Keng, S., Smoski, M.J and Robins, C.J. 2011. Effects of Mindfulness on psychological health: a review of empirical studies. Clin Psychol Rev, 31 (6), pp. 1041-1056.
Swales, M.A. and Heard, H.L. 2017. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. London and New York. Routledge.
World Health Organization. 2016. Guidance for managing ethical issues in infectious disease outbreaks. Geneva. World Health Organization.