Earlier this year, a survey by Headspace and the National Union of Students found that 65 percent of the students suffered high levels of psychological stress. More than half reported having difficulty sleeping and suffering panic attacks.
“There is a growing mental health crisis,” Dr Peggy Kern, senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne in Positive Psychology told upstart. “But what if we prevent the disorder from occurring in the first place? Positive psychology develops skills, attitudes, and behaviours that can help prevent mental illness from occurring.”
In life, people often focus on weaknesses and problems. “Positive psychology focuses on what is good in people, and how we can make those strengths stronger,” said Kern.
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