Less every day stress for children and youth

The Danish Center for Mindfulness has been awarded 12.5 million DKK to establish a mindfulness education for school-teachers in order to enhance well-being and reduce stress in children between 11-18 years old. The project is on-going (2018-2020) and includes more than 250 teachers. The program is based on the .be (dot-be) program. 

After 2020, the program will be extended to include high schools and high school teachers. 

For further information, contact psychologist Heidi Berg

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Mindfulness and prevention of depression

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an effective treatment for prevention of relapse risk amongst individuals with a history of recurrent MDD. MBCT is recommended in the Danish National Health guidelines and by the National Institute for Clinical and Health Excellence (NICE) as preventative treatment for recurrent depression. However, only about half experience sustained remission following MBCT. To improve clinical outcomes, we need to identify early markers of who will demonstrate long-term benefits from treatment and identify key therapeutic mechanisms of change. 

PhD-student and psychologist Anne Maj van der Velden is adressing these questions in a interdisciplinary project funded by the Institute for Clinical Medicine, Aase og Ejnar Danielsens Foundation and a Mind & Life Varela Award. The project measures putative neural mechanisms, biomarkers and psychological mechanisms in MBCT treatment of recurrent MDD, and predictive markers of treatment response. Anne Maj van der Velden is affiliated with Interacting Minds Center (IMC), the Danish Mindfulness Center, Center for Functionally Integrative Neurosciences at Aarhus University and Oxford Mindfulness Centre at Oxford University. She receives supervision from Prof. Andreas Roepstorff (IMC, AU), Prof. Willem Kuyken (Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Oxford University), and Associate Professor Lone Fjorback (the Danish Center for Mindfulness).

The project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the fields of Clinical Psychology (Oxford Mindfulness Center; Professor Willem Kuyken and Catherine Crane and the Danish Center for Mindfulness, Ass. Professor Lone Fjorback), Genetics (VIA Aarhus, Jesper Dalsgaard), Mind-Wandering (York University, Ass. Professor Jonathan Smallwood), and Neural Mechanisms (Dr Jacqueline Scholl and Professor Catherine Harmer, Oxford University and Dr Gaelle Desbordes, Harvard Medical School).

For further information, contact Anne Maj van der Velden

Mental health promotion for work-active seniors

This research project is made possible by a 3 mio. DKK grant from “Velliv Foreningen”.

The project will assess short and long term effects of offering an MBSR course to work active Danes approaching the age of retirement, as a mental health promotion intervention. It is designed as a randomized controlled trial with a 2-years follow-up and a waitlist control group. Participants are 2 x 92 healthy persons who are 60-65 years old and employed in the private sector.

Observations include immediate effects (stress, quality of life, sick leave) and physiological markers of long term mental health risks and prevention. In addition, a qualitative substudy will explore perspectives for work satisfaction and plans of retirement. The study is based on a hypothesis of a broad coherent effect profile ranging from immediate stress reduction to a healthier, later and more satisfactory senior phase of life.

Study start in the Spring 2019, recruitment in cooperation with local businesses. Baseline measurements and MBSR interventions planned for autumn 2019.

For further information, contact Niels Viggo Hansen

Compassion for informal caregivers

This project was a PhD-project titled: Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) for informal caregivers of people who suffer from a mental illness.

In Denmark, there are approximately 1.6 million people who consider themselves to be an informal caregiver of someone who suffers from a mental illness. Of those, approximately 10% provide care for their loved one while also taking care of their children and maintaining a job. International research has found that informal caregivers have a 25-50% increased risk of developing stress, depression or anxiety due to their caregiving work.

Project Aim

The PhD investigated whether an 8-week course in Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) can reduce psychological distress in informal caregivers, decreasing their risk of developing stress, depression and/or anxiety.

For further information, contact Nanja Holland

An app for assisting participants with daily practice

In Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), home practice of mindfulness is as an integral part of the program. A recent analysis has shown that there is a relationship between the amount of home practice people report completing and benefit from the course (Parsons et al., 2017),

This project examines how technology can be used to support people in completing their home practice. Together with researchers at the School of Engineering (AU, Associate Professor Kasper Jensen) and Human-Computer Interaction (UCC, Ireland, Dr. Conor Linehan), we are testing a newly-designed smartphone app to support mindfulness course participants.

For further information, contact Christine Parsons

Se more:

Parsons, C. E., Crane, C., Parsons, L. J., Fjorback, L. O., & Kuyken, W. (2017). Home practice in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: A systematic review and meta-analysis of participants' mindfulness practice and its association with outcomes. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 95, 29-41. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2017.05.004