The Compassionate Mind Foundation was founded as an international charity in 2006 by Professor Paul Gilbert and colleagues including Drs Deborah Lee, Mary Welford, Chris Irons, Ken Goss, Ian Lowens, Chris Gillespie, Mrs Diane Woollands, Mrs Jean Gilbert and other supporters.
In 2020 Prof Paul Gilbert developed a 15 part lecture series exploring how compassion can help us during the current COVID19 crisis. It's free, and can be accessed here.
The Compassionate Mind Foundation promotes an evolution and neuroscience informed approach to compassion which now forms the basis of a psychotherapy (Compassion Focused Therapy) and Compassionate Mind Training. The last 10 years have seen an expanding evidence base for both the therapy and Compassionate Mind Training for the alleviation of mental health difficulties and promoting wellbeing. It is now being used internationally in hospitals, prisons, schools and businesses. One of the greatest challenges facing humanity is how to stimulate compassion ways of thinking and problem solving for the benefit of all.
Our Mission & Aim
To promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion via:
Liaising with those with specific interests in the scientific study of compassion and its underlying processes, and facilitate communication and interchange between them.
Supporting research and teaching of the evolution informed compassion focused approach to human difficulties.
Facilitating open discussion on how to further promote a compassionate focus in many domains of human activity.
Engaging in activities and raise funds to support the work and aims of the Foundation.
The CMF supports research and teaching of an evolution and contemplative informed compassion focused approach to human difficulties. We provide workshops, conferences, and a number of different resources for clinicians and individuals to support their work and personal practice, and facilitate the open discussion on how to promote compassionate motives and behaviours across all domains. The CMF supports dissemination of the flow of compassion whereby we are able to be compassionate to others, open to the compassion from others, and compassionate to ourselves.