Mental Health

  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), 8-Week Online Program

    MBSR is an eight-week evidence-based program to manage stress and to increase mental balance and well-being. Start with the web-based introduction to get an idea of the course. If you would like to develop the ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations and gain more composure, energy and understanding in your life, this course is for you. It can help to improve your focus, build resilience and give you insights into finding more ease in life.  About the online program The course will be conducted mainly through Canvas/Zoom. You will engage with the teacher and interact with other participants through your computer screen and web camera during weekly class…

  • Going back to the Lab after COVID

    As more people get vaccinated, many employers are beginning to bring workers back to the office after more than a year of working from home. Although many Ph.D. students continued their lab work throughout the pandemic, there is a mixed reaction to resume office duties on site. Some welcome the idea of collaborating with colleagues in person and swapping their makeshift home office for a dedicated workspace, while others are worried they will lose certain advantages and be less safe if they shift away from remote work. What is keeping Ph.D. students from fully returning to the lab and office and how can we ease the transition? Stress Some Ph.D.…

  • MindWorkout events are BACK- every weekday at 7am and 12pm!

    Starting this Wednesday (27th October), we are bringing back the much anticipated regular mindworkout events from 2020. We are expanding our Astra Zeneca sponsored ‘brain smart’ meditation sessions EVERY weekday in the morning at 7:05AM and in the afternoon at 12:00! Taking a meditation break can help with reducing stress and improving overall health! Even 10 minutes of meditation can make a difference! The events will be held on the digital platform Gather, a video-calling space that lets multiple people hold separate conversations in parallel, walking in and out of those conversations just as easily as they would in real life. We recommend you take 5 minutes beforehand to work through the tutorial on how to navigate…

  • DSA Mental Health Survey 2021

    To better understand the situation of doctoral students at KI, we ask you to participate in our yearly DSA Mental Health Survey! We urge you all to participate. The survey only takes 10 minutes of your time but helps the DSA and KI prioritize our resources and time. The survey is completely anonymous(!) and there will as such be no repercussions or targeting of individuals based on their answers.

  • Gaining more insight into mental health among doctoral students at KI

    Pursuing a PhD is not an easy task -especially in the midst of a pandemic -a challenge that most of us were unprepared for. The Covid19 pandemic has displayed the challenges that PhD students face, especially our mental health struggles. With the goal of better understanding the difficulties of the PhD community at KI, the DSA ran a survey last summer and the results are staggering, but not surprising.