Mindfulness

Spirit VR – Journey; 6 Stage Course

We pride ourselves on researching and building VR apps that are designed to improve the lives and mental wellbeing of others.

With mindfulness practises, issues arise with people’s lack of ability to switch off from their everyday surroundings and focus on oneself. VR is immersive, it allows the user to escape to another world, with captivating 360 environments, calming sounds and interactable scenes. 

We have created a 6 part mindfulness course, working closely with mindful practitioners and clinical professionals, enabling users to grow and manage their mental health outside of the app. The aim of Spirit VR is for the user to take the skills that they have learnt in VR and apply them to everyday life, outside of VR.

Our app is also customisable, enabling users to alter visuals and processes, which is a very empowering, key mental health recovery tool. We have found that increased ownership improves the user’s engagement.

Trial results indicate a 24% reduction in anxiety after completing a lesson.*

*see results at bottom of page for more info

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Lesson 1 – Mindful Senses

Mindful senses is the practice of consciously noticing everything that you can see, hear, feel.
It takes your mind from a place of thinking and doing to a place of noticing. It is about simply feeling, sensing, noticing, and being present to the moment.

Hover over the left image to see the results of participant’s General Anxiety Scores before and after the lesson.

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Lesson 2 – Mindful Breathing

Learn how to use your breath to help you feel calmer in stressful situations. The key to mindful breathing is letting the user breathe at their natural pace, not changing it in any way. This exercise asks the user to practise breathing slowly and calmly in sets of four. This reinforces the theory of breathing calmly, engaging the parasympathetic nervous system, as discussed with Balanced Horizons.

Hover over the left image to see the results of participant’s General Anxiety Scores before and after the lesson.

Mindful body scan

Lesson 3 – Body Scan

The purpose of a body scan is for the user to tune in to their body, reconnecting to their physical self. Noticing any sensations and feelings without trying to change them or judge them. The user is offered the choice of having their eyes closed, or looking at a body outline in front of them. As the focus of the body scan moves to different parts of the body, the body in front of them is highlighted by the accent colour of their choosing, with a calming particle glow. We reinforce the notion that whatever they are feeling, even if it is nothing, is ok.

Hover over the left image to see the results of participant’s General Anxiety Scores before and after the lesson.

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Lesson 4 – Mindful Thoughts

This lesson is designed to allow the user to let their thoughts take centre stage in their mind, then allow each one to pass them by. Acknowledging thoughts, without judgement, helps develop a greater capacity to let things be. Helping the user realise that a thought is just a thought, the less they focus on the content of the thought, the more impersonal it becomes.

Hover over the left image to see the results of participant’s General Anxiety Scores before and after the lesson.

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Lesson 5 – Mountain Meditation

The purpose of this exercise is to allow the user to feel centred and grounded. Focusing on a strong, steady mountain, whilst the seasons change and time passes, allows the user to reflect on the resilience and strength of such a structure. Identifying and relating this to their own self helps when faced with stressful and challenging circumstances.

Hover over the left image to see the results of participant’s General Anxiety Scores before and after the lesson.

Loving kindness meditation

Lesson 6 – Loving Kindness Meditation

Loving kindness meditation can be used to boost well-being and reduce stress.
Those who regularly practise loving kindness meditation are able to increase their capacity for forgiveness, allowing them to be empathetic, compassionate and happier.
The user is invited to repeat a set of phrases, first directed at themselves, then toward others.

Hover over the left image to see the results of participant’s General Anxiety Scores before and after the lesson.

Orcha Health Approved Application

Orcha Health (Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps) are renowned for thoroughly evaluating digital health technologies. Their Baseline Review measures against a multitude of requirements, including data protection, professional assurance and usability/accessibility.

We strive to meet their high standards, and following assessment feedback, we have increased our overall review score to an exceptional 86%.

Our score comprises of the following: Data- 95% , Usability and Accessibility – 82%, Professional Assurance – 82%

Our Partners

We realise that we are not mental health and wellbeing experts…

That is why we have partnered with the very best in the industry to steer us in the right direction.

We’ve spoken with mental wellbeing life coaches, mental health organisations/charities, schools, and some inspirational people with lived experiences, to gain an insight into their World. This has helped create the exercises, check the content, and feed back into the development to make important changes and improvements to the app.

25 years experience as a teacher and wellbeing lead in a primary school. Qualified Wellbeing Life Coach with Raw Horizons. Trained in Solution Focused Therapy in the use of “Clean Language”. CAMHS training in managing anxiety and stress in children. Foundation Course with the British Wheel of Yoga. Accredited by The Stress Management Society.

Suzanne has given invaluable guidance on the 6 week mindful course, in terms of the exercises, content and language. She has also provided the team with further knowledge and training of mindfulness and wellbeing practices.
She has has also reviewed the finished course, providing additional feedback for future itterations.

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Liverpool based mental health social enterprise, rooted in lived experience. They have trialled the Spirit VR application with their members, providing detailed written feedback and analysis.

The Mind Map works predominantly with larger organisations such as Ebay, PayPal, Facebook, and Netflix. 

Phil MindMap

Researcher, Psychotherapy Clinician, Author, Speaker, looking at the real harm children suffer in a world of technology. MSc Psychotherapy Dual Register. UKCP accredited psychotherapist.

Catherine has given TEDx talks and specialises in the relationship between children and technology. She has given detailed insights into SpiritVR and how it can be used with a younger audience, offering her professional, objective opinions and advice.

Upton School FCJ are currently trialling Spirit VR with a varied range of year groups and pupils at the school.

As part of this trial, they are also providing feedback, data analysis and ideas for useful scenarios that will extend and enhance the product. 

Results

We partnered with mental health charities and experts in the field to gather data to show the effectiveness of the Spirit VR – Journey course.

To do this, we invited mental health charities and mentors to help a set of participants though the 6 part course.

Below is an overview of trial and a summary of the data collected.

Overall results

The GAD-7 (Generalised Anxiety Disorder) questionnaire is a self-administered screening tool and a severity measure for Generalised Anxiety Disorders. This is scored out of 21, where scores of 5, 10, and 15 are taken as the cut-off points for mild, moderate and severe anxiety, respectively.
When used as a screening tool, further investigation is recommended when the patient’s score is 10 or greater.

The GAD-7 questionnaire asks participants to base their answers on their feelings of the past two weeks. However, as we are capturing their anxiety score before and after a lesson (between 20-30 minutes apart) we needed to measure their feelings of anxiety on a more current timeframe. 

We took the same questions and applied them to the user’s current state of mind. Rather than the scoring system being based on a “how often have you felt…” over the past two week time frame, we asked them to consider how they are currently feeling on a “not at all, mildly, moderately, severely” scale. 

Below is an extract from the Workbook supplied to the participants. The same questions were asked before and after each session.

Of the total 153 lessons completed, the overall GAD-7 score reduced from an average of 8.37 – moderate anxiety to 3.42 – mild anxiety.

All participants were also asked the following two questions:

Do you think Virtual Reality can be a tool to help with Mental Wellbeing?

and

Do you feel that this course has helped your mental wellbeing? 

All participants answered both of these questions, Yes.