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Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

The Psychosocial Research Department at Butler Hospital has received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for a four-year study to determine whether adding supplemental care, such as yoga or healthy living workshops, is helpful for people who take an antidepressant medication for their depression but are not feeling as good as they would like.

Led by Lisa Uebelacker, PhD, the Healthy Body, Healthy Mind study, which is open to adults ages 18 and up, will provide individuals diagnosed with depression and currently taking an anti-depressant medication with the opportunity to participate in either a 10-week yoga class or a series of healthy living workshops. The programs are free, and people in the study will receive up to $230 compensation. 

Participants are randomly assigned to either the yoga sessions or the healthy living workshops. After completing the initial randomized assignment and 6-month follow-up period, they can choose to participate in the other program for free if they would like to try it. 

During the study trial, participants will have access to experienced mental health clinicians who will closely monitor their moods. Held on the Butler Hospital campus, the yoga classes are being provided by certified yoga instructors from Eyes of the World Yoga in Providence. The healthy living workshops are also being held at Butler Hospital and are taught by experienced psychology and nursing staff. To learn more about the study, visit the Healthy Body, Healthy Mind website or call 401-455-6487 for more information. 

Depression is among the most common forms of brain-based illnesses. Estimated to affect one out of four people in the United States, it can cause untold suffering and can play a role in problems at home, school, and work and often occurs with other serious medical conditions including heart disease, cancer, and stroke. 

Butler Hospital is the only private, nonprofit psychiatric and substance abuse hospital serving adults, adolescents and children in Rhode Island and southeastern New England. Founded in 1844, it was the first hospital in Rhode Island and has earned a reputation as the leading provider of innovative psychiatric treatments in the region. The flagship hospital for the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in conducting cutting-edge research.

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