Mental Health Month 2023

Learn more about mental health in academia and how to positively impact your wellbeing!

About Mental Health Month

Mental health struggles are a common problem, the impact of which can often result in personal, social or economic liabilities. Young adults are particularly at risk, as 75% of mental illnesses first occur before the age of 25. The lack of knowledge, and the dominant stigma surrounding mental health, prevent those affected from receiving adequate help.

Mental Health Month is MeWell’s annual capstone event, built around World Mental Health Day on the 10th of October. Our goal is to break the stigma around mental health.

Students, staff and faculty have a month-long opportunity to immerse themselves into important and diverse mental health topics, receive topical information from professionals and researchers, discuss ideas to deepen their understanding with like-minded peers as well as build communities of support and understanding.

By organizing this month of events, we further support our mission of proactively preventing mental health problems. We hope to bring more attention to the importance of mental health in academic surroundings and create an environment in which people value their mental state and where talking openly about mental health struggles is the norm rather than the exception.

Program 2023


Grief - How to deal with a loved one's death

2nd October 2023, 18:15 - 19:30

Location: UZH

Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. med. Andreas Maercke is a German clinical psychologist and international expert in traumatic stress related mental disorders working at UZH. He also contributed to lifespan and sociocultural aspects of trauma sequelae, e.g. the Janus-Face model of post-traumatic growth.

Join us for an insightful lecture during our Mental Health Month as we explore the topic of mortality and how to navigate the loss of a loved one. While often overlooked in younger adulthood, it is crucial to address the realities of this subject considering that accidents and suicides are the leading causes of death during this phase of life.
We are pleased to welcome Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. med. Andreas Maercker from UZH as our speaker. Drawing from his expertise in clinical psychology and psychiatry, Professor Maercker will share valuable insights on the effects of confrontations with death and the trajectories of grief. Gain a deeper understanding of how to cope with the passing of loved ones and don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your understanding of grief and find strategies to navigate this challenging journey.

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Mental Health & Relationship

3rd October 2023, 18:00 - 19:30

Location: UZH

Valentina Rauch-Anderegg is a clinical psychologist and federally recognised psychotherapist counselling couples and individuals. Earning her PhD at the UZH within the study «Couples becoming Parents» founded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, she later completed her post-doctoral degree at the Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston (USA) and is still doing research about parenthood and romantic couples’ relationships. Aside from her work as a therapist, supervisor and researcher, Valentina Rauch-Anderegg gives talks and conducts workshops.

Our speaker will present findings on ways in which different types of social relationships have an influence on individual well-being. In a second part, she will present specific research findings on partnership relationships and their great importance for positive mental health. The lecture will be rounded off with practical inputs in order to transform the above knowledge into practical everyday life applications.

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Mental Health of the LGBTQIA+ Community

5th October 2023, 18:30 - 19:30

Location: ETH

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Understanding stress and learning the bases of stress management strategies

Mental Health and Balance: Understanding stress and learning the bases of stress management strategies

18th October 2023, 18:00 - 19:30

Location: ZHAW Hochschulbibliothek Zürich, Room ZT 6.T62

Dr. sc. ETH Ariane Orosz holds a PhD in neuroscience and completed an advanced training in coaching/ counseling at the IBP institute for integrative body psychotherapy. She is working at the center of stress-related illnesses of the Sanatorium Kilchberg and is responsible for the stress management group training for patients with stress-related disorders and for biofeedback treatments. She is also co-project leader in a study investigating therapy outcome in stress-related disorders, conducted together with the Translational Neuromodeling Unit (University of Zurich and ETH Zurich). On a self-employed basis she offers individual coaching, and holds workshops and trainings on stress and stress management.

In this presentation Dr. Ariane Orosz will illustrate some of the underlying mechanisms of our stress response in everyday situations as well as our “anti-stress systems”. Based on this knowledge and findings from burnout research, we will discover approaches and practical techniques to help us develop individual stress management strategies to reach more balance and well-being in our lives.

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Mental Health Pavilion

10th October 2023, Time TBD

Location: TBD (probably Alumni Pavillon)

Collaborators: Nightline, Mindful[L]

Description: Join us for casual chats with like-minded mental health advocates on world mental health day… and did we mention free cake?? No registration needed, we’ll be waiting for you, WITH FREE CAKE!!


Global Happiness Exhibition

During the mental health month, the poster exhibition "Global Happiness" will be displayed at different universities.

Dates University Location
02.10 - 06.10 UZH Lichthof
09.10 - 13.10 ETH HPH D Floor
16.10 - 27.10 ZHdK Toni-Areal

Copyright Adrian Zwyssig

Activities by Other Organizations

This October other organizations are also planning mental health related events.

Mental Health Awareness Week by Mindful[L]

Join Mindful[L]'s Mental Health Awareness Week at the University of Zurich! Head over to the official website for more information.


We would like to thank our sponsors Alias and VSETH.

A particular thank you to the Georg und Bertha Schwyzer-Winiker Stiftung for supporting the MHM 2023 with a grant of 5000.-