yDiv event series: Mental Well-being in Academia



Course Dates

Maximum number of participants / Credit Points

Check the registration links at the single events below


several dates in 2022

100/ n.a.

Working in academia as a high-stress environment can be a challenge for maintaining mental health. The aim of this event series is to raise awareness for mental health issues occurring in academia.

Mental Health: A brief „How-to“ look after yourself and your colleagues

13 May 2022, 10:00 - 12:00 am

Online via Zoom

Lecturers: Juliane Hug, Anna Sophie Feuerbach

Target group: Everyone at iDiv

Its okay not to be okay - so let’s talk. In this 2-hour interactive online workshop, we will start a conversation on mental health, possible warning signs of a mental illness and how to approach a friend or colleague you are worried about. We’ll also briefly point out where to find help and what may keep us or someone we know from going that step.

Burnout and well-being

9 June 2022, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Online via Zoom

Lecturer: Desiree Dickerson, PhD

Target group: Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers

Burnout is something that our community unfortunately are experiencing a lot.

In this session we learn:

  • What burnout is (and isn’t)
  • Why it happens, the key triggers
  • What to do if you find yourself burnt-out.
  • What we can do to avoid it if you think you’re getting close.
  • How to put the necessary fail safes in place so that it doesn’t happen to you.

Managing conflict

13 October 2022, 9:30 - 11:00 am

Online via Zoom

Lecturer: Desiree Dickerson, PhD

Target group: Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers

Register here

Conflict is a part of any relationship. How we navigate it is what matters most.

In this interactive session, we explore how to:

  • Recognise key triggers for conflict in academic and supervisory relationships.
  • Learn to recognise your working style and your working needs (and those of your colleague or students).
  • Identify where your styles clash & how to navigate these clashes.
  • Develop practical tools to approach important discussions – phrases and words that can either help to escalate or resolve situations.
  • Learn to uncover the real issues underpinning the conflict and the role that context plays.


Desiree Dickerson, PhD

Desiree Dickerson is a clinical psychologist who specialises in the mental health and well-being of researchers and the academic community. Having worked as a researcher in New Zealand, Australia and Austria, Desiree now works globally with universities, lab groups, and academics in the pursuit of a healthier approach to research.


Juliane Hug

... is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in training. She has worked as a project manager for NGOs in the field of mental health and delivered trainings on depression, suicide prevention and mental well-being for various target groups.



Anna Sophia Feuerbach

... is a biochemist and Mental Health Advocate. In this role, she has been active for many years in advocating for more openness and against stigmatization of mental health issues.

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