Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 #BreakTheStigma


  • Start: Oct 5, 2020
  • End: Oct 10, 2020
Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 #BreakTheStigma

The Mental Health Collective organized an MPS-wide Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) from the 5th to 10th October 2020, in cooperation with University of Jena & Dresden Team, which includes MPI-CBG, DIGS-BB and Dresden Concept.

We adopted a 100% virtual format for higher inclusivity and greater reach.

There is a broad schedule of talks on the topic of mental health in academia, work/life balance, mental health issues, preventative strategies, coping mechanisms and more - something for everyone!


20% of PhD researchers within Max Planck Society report moderate to severe depressive symptoms - that’s roughly 1000 of PhDs - and more that 60% show moderate to high state anxiety (PhDnet 2019 Survey). For those who are struggling, know that you are not alone, numbers don’t lie. The more we talk about mental health, learn about it, share our own experiences and pay attention, those among us struggling will feel less alone, less judged and hopefully more comfortable with reaching out for help. Let’s talk about it and #BreakTheStigma!

This years has been extremely challenging for everyone, making events such as MHAW more important then ever. We all need to raise awareness around mental health and focus on prevention, learn the indicators of mental health problems. With MHAW, we wish to provide as many MPS employees as possible with the necessary tools to work on and improve their own mental well-being.

Follow us on Twitter: @MPG_MHC

For posts on social media please use: #MaxPlanckMHAW


We invited speakers from the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), mental health consultants who will, together with Max Planck Mental Health Collective, give talks throughout the week, followed by open discussions.

Further, the Collective TeaTime will take place not once, but twice during MHAW! :)

Collective Tea Time

The MHAW finishes off on the International Mental Health Awareness Day on 10th October with a musical performance of “The Society of Imaginary Friends”.

Check out the google calendar for this event here.

Hope you will join us for MHAW! Only together we can make a change and break the stigma surrounding mental health.

All Mental Health Collective events can be joined via Zoom at

Passcode: MHAW2020

For the events hosted by our partners from University of Jena, please see the details and find the links for participating here.

Jena University

Dresden Team

Monday 05.10.20 10:00
Mental Health Awareness - Impact of Stress on Motivation and Movement, Jérôme Adjallé 
Join Zoom Meeting:
Monday 05.10.20 14:00-15:30 Monday 05.10.20 14:00
Irrsinnig Menschlich (Madly Human), Leipzig, DE: Interactive Virtual Workshop “Mental well-being in higher education” Mental Health and Immigration, Carola Schneider
 Join Zoom Meeting:
Join Zoom Meeting:
 Meeting-ID: 881 2617 1545  
 Passcode: 061358
Tuesday 06.10.20 15:00-15:30  
Dr. Desiree Dickerson, Mental Health Consultant, Barcelona, ES: What do I do if a friend or colleague suffers from mental health issues?  
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 946 4645 8602   
Passcode: 249179
Wednesday 07.10.20 8:30-9:30
Taster session Life Kinetics. Life Kinetics is a new form of training that combines gentle movements with brain jogging. Try it out for free!
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 991 3531 6431  
Passcode: 505124
  Wednesday 07.10.20 10:00
Sleep and Mental Health, Isabel Bommer
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  Wednesday 07.10.20 14:00
  Jobfit Food, Anne Cormann 
Join Zoom Meeting:
Wednesday 07.10.20 15:00-15:30
Dr. Olya Vvedenskaya, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, DE: Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic  
Moderator: Teresa Mayer  
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 948 9647 9833  
Passcode: 013345  
Thursday 08.10.20 15:00-15:30  
Dr. Nicola Byrom, King’s College London, UK: Mental Health and Research Culture  
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 937 2854 9057
Passcode: 696399  
Friday 09.10.20 10:00
Introduction to the main types of psychotherapy, Isabel Bommer
Join Zoom Meeting:
Friday 09.10.20 15:00-15:30  
Prof. Michael Deuschle, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, DE: The Mental Health First Aid program  
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 913 6846 9156  
Passcode: 122013   

Saturday 10.10.20 17:00-18:00  
Five-minute impulse presentations from counselling support in Jena and Mental Health First Aid at MPI Dresden. Additional slots possible.  
20 minute Performance of “The Society of Imaginary Friends”  
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 942 1567 5382  
Passcode: 708365  

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