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Mental Health​ First Aid – ​Help with issues of wellbeing

The Mental Health First Aid Team of Jena University offer confidential and simple first help with emotional distress and in psychological crises.
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Mental Health First Aid – First Aid when you're experiencing a personal crisis

Stress? Depressed? Burn out? Emotionally vulnerable? – Our Mental Health First Aid team is here to support you!

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised programme designed to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health, provide help on a first aid basis and guide someone to appropriate support. Our MHFA team have all completed the accredited training at the Central Institute for Mental Health in Mannheim, and are available to talk to about issues with your wellbeing. They are not therapists, but they can help identify the right support to address your needs. All consultations are strictly confidential.

The Jena MHFA initiative in the German academic media

German portal Almameta.de has portrayed the Jena initiative around Mental health First Aid in an article of 18.7.2022 (Article in German):

https://www.almameta.de/mental-health-first-aid-universitaet-jena-fuehrt-weiterbildungsprogramm-fuer-seelische-gesundheit-ein/

The Mental Health First Aid Team at Friedrich Schiller University

Friedrich Schiller University Jena has been offering a variety of prevention measures in order to support all employees and associated researchers in their self care and psychological wellbeing. The Studierendenwerk of the Thuringian State also provides consultation and support offers around your psychological health.

As of 2021, Graduate Academy and the Jena Alliance Life in Focus have created an additional offer to help bridge the gap between prevention and treatment: Our MHFA first aiders are situated in different university institutions, and are open to assist all employees of the university independently of their working area, as well as all young researchers (doctoral candidates, postdocs).

Student MHFA Team contacts

Student Health Management Team
USV Sports Gymnasium, Room Room upstairs 1006
Seidelstraße 20 a
07749 Jena
Office hours:
Your contact persons at our institution are:
Jana Kampe
Lisa Kersten
Aleksandra Mincheva
Miriam Meuser
Iris Wailersbacher and
Nina Stratil.

Please contact us via e-mail, we will get back to you as soon as possible!

Indivdual MHFA Contacts

Huthoff, Hendrik, Dr
Coordination MHFA Programme
Jena School for Microbial Communication
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Hellfeldsches Haus
Neugasse 23
07743 Jena
Jena School for Microbial Communication
Bald, Moritz
Mental Health First Aider | German, English
Industrial, Work and Organizational Psychology
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Room E001
Humboldtstraße 27
07743 Jena
Industrial, Work and Organizational Psychology
Böhm, Marcus
Mental Health First Aider | German, English
Chair of Applied Geology
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Room H 121
Burgweg 11
07749 Jena
Chair of Applied Geology
Daftari-Hölzer, Bharati
Mental Health First Aider | English, German, Hindi, Bengali
Institut für Auslandsgermanistik und Interkulturelle Wirtschaftskommunikation
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Ernst-Abbe-Platz 8
07743 Jena
Institut für Auslandsgermanistik und Interkulturelle Wirtschaftskommunikation
Dünger, Anne
Mental Health First Aider | German, English, French
Graduate Academy
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Haus für den wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs - Zur Rosen
Johannisstraße 13
07743 Jena
Graduate Academy
Körner, Marco, Dr
Mental Health First Aider | German
Section Press and Public Relations
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JenTower, Room 18N01-02
Leutragraben 1
07743 Jena
Section Press and Public Relations
Langhammer, Maria, Dr
Mental Health First Aider German, English
Office of vice-president for young researchers and diversity management
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Haus für den wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs - Zur Rosen
Johannisstraße 13
07743 Jena
Office of vice-president for young researchers and diversity management
Neumann, Jana
Mental Health First Aider | German
Graduate Academy
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Haus für den wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs - Zur Rosen
Johannisstraße 13
07743 Jena
Graduate Academy
Präfcke, Katja
Mental Health First Aider | German, English
Jena School for Microbial Communication
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Hellfeldsches Haus
Neugasse 23
07743 Jena
Jena School for Microbial Communication
Probstmeyer, Kristin, Dr
Mental Health First Aider | German, English, Focus Tenure Track Professorship
Office of vice-president for young researchers and diversity management
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Accouchierhaus, Room E003
Jenergasse 8
07743 Jena
Office of vice-president for young researchers and diversity management
Takács, Adrienn
Mental Health First Aider | Magyar (Hungarian), English, German
Max Planck School of Photonics
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Hans-Knöll-Strasse 1
07743 Jena
Max Planck School of Photonics

Our Partner: The MHFA Programme at Central Institute for Mental Health (CIMH) Mannheim

What is the MHFA Programme? Expand entry

More than 40 percent of Germans will experience mental illnesses at least once in the course of their lives. Even though we encounter many people suffering from psychological illnesses in our direct environment, the issue of mental health still causes a lot of uncertainty, prejudices, and anxiety. This is why we are conviced that prevention and desigmatisation in the field of mental health are of great importance. 

This is where the MHFA First Aiders Programme enters the picture. MHFA First Aider Trainings for mental health have been developed in line with the successful guideline for First Aif with physical illness. The programme trains amateurs as Mental Health First Aiders within 12 hours.

Apart from providing theoretical background information, the training also teaches practical first aid measures for mental health issues, both while still developping, but also while already causing an acute mental crisis.

The MHFA First Aider Training improves the individual knowledge on mental health, reduces stigmatising behaviour, increaes the trust in one's individual competencies, and strengthens the aider's own psychological wellbeing.

Download the info flyer of the Institute for Menatal Health Mannheim here: Link (2 MB) [pdf, 2 mb] de

The Goal of MHFA Certification Classes? Expand entry

It enables adults to provide mental health first aid to their family, colleagues, and their friends, as it puts them in the position to succesfully read the signs and signals of mental illnesses, to understand them and react to them. The trainings are moreover offering a sensible additional benefit for educational institutions, companies, medical first aiders and many other insitutions.

For further information, please go to www.mhfa-ersthelfer.de.

Beyond the qualification of university members as MHFA first aiders via our partner programme in Mannheim, Friedrich Schiller University also plans to qualify instructors who will conduct MHFA classes on-site in Jena.

If you are interested in qualifying as a MHFA first-aider, please contact us!

Contact Partner: Dr Hendrik Huthoff (for contact details, please see above)

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