Train 4 Good - an eight-month mindfulness program live on Internet for long-term mental fatigue and emotional distress after an acquired brain injury

  • Birgitta Johansson Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Helena Bjuhr Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Abstract

Long-term psychosocial and emotional difficulties and mental fatigue after stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI) is common and there is a need for rehabilitation and support. Mindfulness can contribute to well-being and can be delivered in groups and also on Internet. The aim of this feasibility study was to evaluate whether an eight-month mindfulness program, Train 4 Good, could be successfully delivered live on Internet (10 participants) for participants suffering from long-term mental fatigue after a TBI or stroke. A face-to face group was used for comparison (10 participants). The program Train 4 Good, includes cultivation of the four mental states of the Brahma Viharas; metta/loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity. The Train 4 Good program was designed to enable people suffering from long-term mental fatigue and emotional distress after an acquired brain injury to further explore meditation, enhance well-being and to deepen their meditative practice after having completed a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. Significant improvement in self-compassion (Self Compassion Scale short form) was achieved after the Train 4 Good program. In conclusion, we suggest that it is possible to deliver the Train 4 Good program live on Internet for people suffering from mental fatigue and emotional distress after an acquired brain injury with a similar alleviation of self-compassion as for a face-to-face group. Mindfulness programs can be a valuable option for rehabilitation after an acquired brain injury when the fatigue and emotional burden can become long-lasting or lifelong. Development of longer mindfulness programs is warranted, since mental health problems only improve slowly and long-term support is requested.

Author Biographies

Birgitta Johansson, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

PhD, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Blå Stråket 7, v3, 413 45 Göteborg, Sweden

Primary Health Care, VG Regionen, Stenungsund and Tjorn

Helena Bjuhr, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Primary Health Care, VG Regionen, Stenungsund and Tjorn

Published
2018-05-15
How to Cite
JOHANSSON, Birgitta; BJUHR, Helena. Train 4 Good - an eight-month mindfulness program live on Internet for long-term mental fatigue and emotional distress after an acquired brain injury. Archives of Psychology, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 5, may 2018. ISSN 2573-7902. Available at: <https://archivesofpsychology.org/index.php/aop/article/view/61>. Date accessed: 17 oct. 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.31296/aop.v2i5.61.
Section
Research Articles

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