» Understanding mental disorder requires understanding mental health. «

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Margraf

Positive mental health across the life span

Promoting positive mental health

In the history of psychotherapy, interventions mainly focus on the reduction of symptoms, negative feelings, and negative cognitions. This research group aims at broadening the scope of treatment by developing methods and interventions directly addressing positive mental health. Results of our loving-kindness meditation study have already shown that it has the potential to decrease depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms, and to increase positive mental health factors in college students. Christina Totzeck and her research group are dedicated to develop, apply, and evaluate interventions enhancing positive mental health in both clinical and non-clinical populations.