This initiative is not a healthcare provider. The information provided on the website does not qualify as medical advice and does not substitute for speaking to medical professionals.
Mental Health Initiative
Literature shows a a high amount of academics are affected by/are experiencing mental health issues. Addressing mental health inside an institution may lead to increased productivity, better academic performances and well-being. We are aiming at educating on mental health topics important for academia and at creating a prevention-conscious and supportive culture at the Institute of Physics.
Our mission is:
Spreading knowledge and raising awareness on mental health topics among members of the IfPh, U Rostock.
Our means are:
- providing education through talks and workshops (facilitating the development of members counselling knowledge, skills and personal growth)
- establishing a dialogue between institutes members to share experiences and to fight stigma
- evidence - informed: annually literature review of student mental health including a survey -> feedback to the institutes leader and evaluating our means
Our events are inclusive and open for members of other institutes of all status groups. However, our main target group are students and PhD students of the Institute of Physics. We are happy to welcome work group leaders, PostDocs and and non-scientific staff of the IfPh to our events. Some workshops and talks may be advertised for single status groups to enhance dialogue or to address specific topics.
The Students Committee and the Graduate Research Training Group are supporting the initiative and strongly recommend participating. Our initiative is supported by work group leaders and the executive director(s) of the Institute of Physics.
We are meeting on a regular basis (bi-weekly). In this meetings, we discuss upcoming events, new event suggestions, networking&visibility and many more. If you'd like to contribute or support us, you're invited to join our meetings! We are very happy to include you, your ideas and comments.
We are a self-organized group of students and PhD students working towards our goals since August 2020.
Active members: Wanda Witte (BSc student), Paula Respondek (MSc student), Anne-Marie Esche (BSc student), Milena Gödecke (PhD student), Benjamin Liewehr (PhD student), Anna Julia Poser (PhD student)
Former active members: Ayla Kruse (PhD student); Founder & Initiator: Anna Julia Poser (PhD student)
Support & Cooperation
We are working together with URgesund, the Universitys Health Management. We are financially supported by URgesund and Techniker Krankenkasse for three years to continue our efforts on education on mental health topics. Further, we cooperate with the non-profit, registered organization Dragonfly Mental Health which aims at producing a sustainable mental health culture in higher education.
Resources to educate yourself further
Offers and services by the University or University-related institutions:
- The Health Management division of the University, URgesund, offers workshops and webinars in German language.
- The Graduates Academy supports and promotes early career researchers at the University of Rostock. They offer a high quality qualification programme (in English and German language). Additionally, they provide networking opportunities and workshops on project and time management.
- Studierendenwerk Rostock-Wismar offers workshops in German language.
- The Rostock International House (International affairs office of U Rostock, Welcome Center) invites to a Intercultural Training for international PhDs, Postdocs and Researchers on a regular basis.
- The General Counselling Service (Allgemeine Studienberatung) has open office hours if you encounter organization and learning difficulties.
Other offers and services:
Further websites and articles:
- A website of the University Konstanz highlights further resources on mental health issues
- Voices of Academia discusses mental health and well-being in academia
- Importance of Mental Health on College Campuses
Literature to start with:
- 28.06.21, Mental health of graduate students sorely overlooked', Nature 595, 135-137 (2021)
Emergent and non-emergent contact information and services
If you are in crisis and need emergency help:
- Family Doctor ("Hausarzt")
- Emergency Room - you can always walk in!
- Telefonseelsorge: 0800 111 0 111 or 0800 111 0 222
- SeeleFon 0228-71002424
- Chatting anonymously: https://www.u25-deutschland.de/
Non-emergent contact information and services:
We are happy to expand our current collection of links: Leave us a message to include more links, tips and other findings.
Anna Julia Poser (she/her)
Tel.: +49 381 498 6917