About us

The Danish Center for Mindfulness

The Danish Center for Mindfulness (DCM) was established in 2013 as part of the Institute of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University, backed by funding by the Danish Trygfonden.

We carry out research on stress and stress reduction, run evidence-based courses in mindfulness (MBSR and MBCT) and courses in compassion (TiC). 

We work on a societal level to increase the knowledge and use of mindfulness-based interventions in Danish healthcare, schools, criminal justice and work places. We do so to improve mental health for individuals and society at large.

Our inspiration comes in part from developments in countries such as Great Britain, with the Mindfulness Initiative, and The Netherlands - in addition to the UN's sustainable development goals for 2030, in which mental health plays a significant role.

Work to improve mental health

The Danish Center for Mindfulness is an interdisciplinary research center at Aarhus University that relies fully on external funding, and we work to improve mental health.

Mental health is an essential component of health, and health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being. Mental health is defined as

a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community

Mental health is fundamental to our ability to think, interact, work and enjoy life.

The Danish Center for Mindfulness aims to raise health literacy through research, clinic, global teacher training and communication.