About the Center

Improving mental health for individuals and society

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 compassion (CCT) and is the only institution in Denmark that educates internationally certified mindfulness-teachers. We do so in cooperation with Brown University (MBSR) and Oxford University (MBCT). In addition, we plan to offer a teacher education in CCT in cooperation with Stanford University. 

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.