MEditation for Post Stroke Depression "MEND"

Not yet recruiting

Phase N/A Results N/A

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

- Stroke survivors will be included if they speak English, can provide written informed consent, have a history of ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic, or transient ischemic attack within the past 8 weeks, have a Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression (CES-D) total score of 16 or greater suggestive of clinically significant depressive symptoms, and currently live at home.
- Informal caregivers will be included if they are speak English, can provide written informed consent, and self-identify as a first-time informal caregiver of a stroke survivor. -
- To reflect standard practice, stroke survivors and their informal caregivers will be eligible to participate in the study regardless of whether they are currently receiving anti-depressant medications; however, the dose must have been stable for at least one month prior to recruitment into the study.

Exclusion Criteria

- Stroke survivors will be excluded if they currently reside outside of the home (e.g., rehabilitation center).
- Stroke survivors and their informal caregivers will be excluded if they have severe cognitive impairment (Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) cutoff score of 20), active psychosis, or bipolar disorder; if they currently abuse substances; or if they are acutely suicidal. Those currently receiving formal psychotherapy or currently engaging in self-identified meditation practices will also be excluded.