Mental resilience in the Corona lockdown: First empirical insights from Europe

The first results of how people are coping with the Corona crisis are in! Potential resilience factors, exposure to Corona-specific and general stressors, as well as internalizing symptoms were assessed online in 5000 adult Europeans: In comparison with other resilience factors, positive appraisal specifically of the consequences of the Corona crisis was the single strongest resilience factor. Positive appraisal style (PAS) was not only positively associated with resilience (p<0.001) but also mediated the positive association between perceived social support (PSS) and resilience (p<0.001). Resilience, as an outcome, was conceptualized as good mental health despite stressor exposure. Therefore, PAS and PSS can be seen as important modifiable protective factors that can be targeted by public mental health efforts in similar crisis situations in the future.

How are YOU coping with the Corona crisis?

The corona crisis as a chance to strengthen your own resilience & to participate in resilience research: If you are 18 or older you can participate in our COVID-19 mental health study! If you like it, please also tell your friends, colleagues, and social network about it. Please select your language in the table below for more information. We highly appreciate your help. Let’s aim to spread this survey study faster than the virus & thank you for advancing our knowledge about human resilience in times of crisis!
The DynaMORE team

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10 mental health recommendations in times of COVID-19

The Leibnitz Institute for Resilience Research in Mainz, Germany, is providing 10 tips on how to stay mentally healthy during the corona pandemic. Several languages are available!


We are a multidisciplinary team of researchers with the joint goal of developing an in silico model of stress resilience. To do so, we monitor healthy at-risk individuals (18+ years old) during stressful life phases, such as transition into adulthood or higher education, training-to-street transition (police officers), or abruptly changed life situations (accident victims in recovery). Multiple longitudinal studies collect psychological, behavioural, neural, and physiological markers, and apply advanced mathematical modelling to identify key risk indicators and resilience factors. The ultimate goal is a prognostic tool for people to monitor their mental stability, and to intervene effectively before the personal „tipping point“.



To this date, each year, more than half a billion people in the world are affected by anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, or addiction. These conditions often occur as a consequence of stressors, such as traumatic events, challenging life circumstances, strenuous transition phases, or physical illness. In Europe alone, stress-related disorders are believed to cause direct and indirect economic costs of about 200 billion € every year. Despite ample research efforts into the cause of these disorders, the burden on affected individuals and society as a whole has further grown. We believe that, instead of focusing on  disease, we need to understand what keeps us healthy.