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Mental Health during the PhD

We are aware that pursuing a PhD is a particular challenge, which can have effects on your mental health as well as your social life. Anxiety about the future, procrastination, writer’s block etc. are – to a certain extent – ‘normal’ aspects of this challenge. However, they can also be the first signs or already serious symptoms of a mental health issue like depression or burnout. At the GCSC, we want to raise awareness of this and support you if needed. To this end, we offer regular workshops on topics like resilience and stress management.

As a graduate centre, we cannot offer psychological counselling ourselves. Yet we know that, especially in exhausting and distressing periods, it can be difficult to go looking for help on your own. To make this step as easy as possible, this page lists support organisations and helplines that you can approach when necessary. Please do not hesitate to ask the relevant institutions whether they provide their service in English. If you need help getting in touch with any of them, you may contact Lena Nüchter at the GCSC (confidential).



Jun 25, 2021
09:00 to 04:30

PK: Do Your Doctorate Goal-Oriented and Relaxed: Successful Doctorate with Resilience Training and Stress Management (Registration via StudIP)


Where to get help

At JLU  

Psychologische Beratung - AStA


Stressbewältigung - FB 06


Studiencoaching - ZfBK


Zentrale Studienberatung

In Gießen  

UKGM Gießen - Klinik für Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie


Vitos Klinik Gießen

crisis line: 0641 ‐ 4030


Marburger Bündnis gegen Depression



Deutsche Depressionshilfe


Deutsche Depressionsliga


Crisis line

0800 - 111 0 111


Readings/Further information



Studies dealing with the subjext of PhD/academic work and research & depression/mental health problems