Mental Health Awareness Week

Events

  • Start: Oct 7, 2019
  • End: Oct 11, 2019
Mental Health Awareness Week
We are organizing an MPS-wide Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) from the 7th to 11th October, 2019. Each institute is encouraged to organize at least one local event during the week of the 10th of October, which is International Mental Health Awareness Day. This will be accompanied by a social media campaign before and during the week to encourage attendance and raise awareness. The MPS occupational health management (BGM) steering-group supports this initiative, with 30+ institutes already pledging to organize at least one event.

Events should focus on prevention: raising awareness of mental health and indicators of mental health problems, and providing as many MPS employees as possible with the necessary tools to promote their own mental well-being. Ideally, the event should also help pave the way for structural change that provides efficient care for people in need and hence facilitates recovery.

As the MHAW 2019 is drawing closer the PhDnet organization committee as well as the local organization committees are moving forward. Up to know we have confirmation from almost 40 institutes that will organize an event ranging from information stands/emails to full week programs including workshops, talks and discussion rounds. At the same time the PhDnet organization committee has compiled three resources documents (Facts Sheet, Self-Help, Immediate Help) that will be distributed shortly. We highly appreciate to see that so many people care about the topic of mental health and are joining us in fighting the stigma.
So if you have not organized anything so far but would like to follow the procedure below. We will try to assist you where possible.
*contact person available upon request, please email: mentalhealthaw@phdnet.mpg.de

Institute

Location

Name

Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience (AI)

Frankfurt am Main

Eleni Psarou

Max Planck General Administration

Munich

Britta Schluttenhofer

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

Jena

*

Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Tübingen

Brigitte Walderich

Eva Lämmerhirt

Holger Fischer

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing

Köln

*

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Jena

Erica McGale

Max Planck Institute for Chemistry

Mainz

Alexander Filippi

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Heidelberg

*

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

Rostock

Julian Schmied

Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Tübingen

Brigitte Walderich

Eva Lämmerhirt

Holger Fischer

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology

Plön

Andrea Bours

Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics

Hannover

Sandra Bruns

Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research

Bad Nauheim

Justin Yiu Chun Law

Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Leipzig

Evelyn Medawar

Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology

Berlin

Florian Grüblinger

Max Planck Institute for Informatics

Saarbruecken

*

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Munich

Peter Slowinski

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Stuttgart

*

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Tübingen

Brigitte Walderich

Eva Lämmerhirt

Holger Fischer

Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology

Bremen

*

Max Planck Institute for Medical Research

Heidelberg

Michelle Frei

Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research

Köln

Marta Porniece Kumar

Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics

Heidelberg

*

Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research

Köln

Luise Zühl

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Nijmegen

*

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Halle (Saale)

Regine Schwab

Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy

Munich

Fabio Franzese

Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research

Stuttgart

Michael Eppard

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Jena

Madeleine Bleasdale

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light

Erlangen

Laura Heimann

Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter

Hamburg

Lindsey Bultema

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

Köln

Monica Bolelli

Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry

Martinsried

Brigitte Schwörer

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

Potsdam-Golm

Isabell Tunn

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics

Freiburg

*

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology

Potsdam-Golm

Orarat Ginsawaeng

Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology

Martinsried

Charlotte Scheinpflug

Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung

Mühlheim an der Ruhr

Julian Rolfes

Research Center Caesar (center of advanced european studies and research) (AI)

Bonn

Ezgi Bulca

AI - Associated Institute

Procedure

If you are willing to organize an event at your institute, please proceed with the following:

  • Form a small local organization committee: Reach out to PhD, Postdoc, BGM, and PR representatives of your institute, as well as your EO officers, scientific, administrative, IMPRS, and Hub coordinators to recruit committee members.
  • Decide on an event or events: Get inspired by our catalogue of suggested events – or come up with your own plan(s)
  • Inform us: Send the name of the main contact person and some information about your planned event(s) to mentalhealthaw@phdnet.mpg.de
  • Keep yourself informed and get started with organizing: Subscribe to our mailing list PhDnet MHAW mailing list

The organization committee of MHAW 2019 will support you with the following:

  • Provide you with a catalogue of suggested events
  • Support you in finding ways to fund your event
  • Provide you with a collection of mental health resources (background information, MPS-wide resources, emergency help, etc.) that can be shared during the week
  • Create a (social) media overhead and provide you with flyers and/or posters

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