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#TUM4MIND 2019 - Boosting your mental strength for studying

Does this sound familiar? Stress, procrastination, times of feeling low, physical health issues or mental pressure, doubts about your studies… You are not alone with these topics!

During the TUM4MIND days, the topics are all about the different challenges that are associated with studying. We will provide you with practical tips, listen to your concerns and inform you about the various support services available. 

Our program includes

  • inspiring lectures on topics such as stress- and self-management
  • interactive workshops with tools for managing the daily challenges of studying
  • different formats that offer an opportunity to interact with like-minded people and receive professional advice.

All offers are free and available to all TUM students, PhD students and interested people – except Tuesday´s workshops (please register via TUMonline).

Program Overview 2019

Monday, 11.11.2019


Immatriculation Hall

10:00 – 14:00


Tuesday, 12.11.2019 


Room 1.229

09:30 – 19:00

Wellness Jam

Vorhoelzer Forum

11:00 – 16:30

Discussion Forum

Room 1.221

19:00 – 21:00

Wednesday, 13.11.2019       

Contact Fair

Immatriculation Hall

10:00 – 13:00


Vorhoelzer Forum

12:00 – 16:00


Immatriculation Hall

18:00 – 20:30

Monday, 11.11.2019: Coffee2Talk

TUM Campus Munich, Arcisstraße 21
Immatriculation Hall

10:00 – 14:00

How about a cup of coffee and a good chat? (bilingual)

We start the TUM4Mind days with a mobile coffee shop where you can meet with others for informal talks, questions, information exchange and professional support around the topics of learning, study-life-balance, preventive health care and mental health. We cover the whole range of questions such as “How can I motivate myself for the next round of exams?” or “What can I do if a member of my family suffers from depression?” Get some general information about different support services or have a one-on-one consultation with one of our experts:

Tuesday, 12.11.2019: Workshops

Tuesday, 12.11.19: Wellness Jam

TUM Campus Munich, Arcisstraße 21
Vorhoelzer Forum

11:00 – 16:30 (Registration: Only for TUM students via TUM Online – see links below).

Interested in relaxing and unwinding? Come by and try different relaxation methods that you can easily integrate into your daily life. You will be instructed by expert trainers. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes. Yoga mats will be provided.


11:00 – 12:00

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – An Introduction  SOLD OUT – REGISTRATION FOR WAITING LIST POSSIBLE

Michael Seitlinger (workshop language: German)

Mindfulness creates inner awareness and quietness. Being in a state of friendly observation towards the body allows us to become aware of stress and to dissolve stressful impulses and reaction patterns.
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12:30 – 13:30


Sivananda Yoga Zentrum München (workshop language: German)

The holistic approach of yoga practice is a path to physical, mental and spiritual health: the goal is a healthy body, a balanced mind and inner peace. Yoga dissolves inner tensions and leads to calmness and inner strength, helping us to master the challenges of our hectic daily life in the modern world.
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14:00 – 15:00

Improving Recovery: Progressive Muscle Relaxation exercises  SOLD OUT – REGISTRATION FOR WAITING LIST POSSIBLE

Dr. Felix Ehrlenspiel (workshop language: English) 

Progressive Muscle Relaxation is a well-known relaxation technique based on the idea that a relaxed body leads to a relaxed mind. Intentionally tensing up specific muscle groups and then releasing that tension in a relaxation phase is the key to this technique.
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15:30 – 16:30

Autogenic Training

Verena Grundner (workshop language: German)  SOLD OUT – REGISTRATION FOR WAITING LIST POSSIBLE

During Autogenic Training we are able to reach a state of quietness through mental concentration and autosuggestion. We use different sentences and formulas in order to reach a state of self-induced relaxation. 
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Tuesday, 12.11.2019: Discussion Forum

TUM Campus Munich, Arcisstraße 21
Room 1.221, first floor (Carl von Linde)

19:00 – 21:00

All you ever wanted to know about Mental Health People with borderline syndrom and depression answer your questions

Dominique de Marné and Marcel Bischofberger (initiators of last year´s mental health days) will tell you about their personal experiences and their handling with borderline and depression. You will have the possibility to talk with others about your own experiences and to ask questions in an open and safe space. 

Wednesday, 13.11.2019: Contact Fair "Have doubts about your studies?"

TUM Campus Munich, Arcisstraße 21
Immatriculation Hall

10:00 – 13:00

Do you worry about whether you are in the right study program? (bilingual)
Are you feeling overwhelmed in your studies or even in danger of being exmatriculated and wondering what to do? Our Contact Fair offers you an opportunity to talk about it - whatever it is that worries you!

Meet advisors from various service institutions for students and learn how we can support you during difficult times in your studies. Come to our Contact Fair in Munich!


Wednesday, 13.11.2019: Presentations

TUM Campus Munich, Arcisstraße 21
Vorhoelzer Forum

12:00 – 16:00

Content + interactive methods = knowledge + inspiration

In our lectures, you will get theoretical input paired with hands-on exercises, suggestions for self-reflection and discussion in one-on-one settings. The lectures are complemented by discussions in the plenum. Afterwards the speakers will be available for personal consultations.



Greetings: Prof. Gerhard Müller, Vice President Academic and Student Affairs



Are we Zombies? The Impact of Social Media and Internet Use on Mental Health

Dr. Susanne Pechler (presentation language: German)

It is almost impossible to imagine our daily lives, work and pleasure, without the use of social media. However, too much media consumption can have negative consequences for our psychological well-being. This brings up the question: When are we visiting the virtual world for too long and who defines the boundaries? During an interactive presentation, these questions will be discussed and current results of neuro-psychology and motivational psychology will be presented. The presentation will cover in-depth information on the influence of your media usage on your psychological health. You will better be able to evaluate the risks of media usage in your daily life. You will learn how to develop a healthy attitude towards your excursions into the virtual world.



Self-care versus self-improvement – where do we find the happy life?

Dr. Tatjana Reichhart (presentation language: German)

Everything in life has to be faster, better, more optimized. We, as human beings, often feel under pressure, in a rush and no longer in control of our own lives. This constant speed of life leaves us feeling discontent, sad and unhappy. In order to live a healthy and happy life it is important to be able to pause, to reflect and to take care of ourselves. However, does focus on our own needs not mean that we are egoistic and egocentric? Science says a clear NO. The components of self-care introduced and demonstrated in this lecture lead to well-being not only for ourselves but also for those that surround us. If we feel fine, we also can support others in helping themselves to feel good. Scientific background information as theoretical input, practical exercises, self-reflection, discussion in small groups and teams of two. Goals: the participants get an overview and can decide for themselves which methods to use to improve their own individual well-being.



Mental health crisis, depression and burnout while studying. Getting support and handling these tough circumstances

Dr. Maria Miller (presentation language: German)

Times of psychological crisis and demotivation are quite common during the study years. They can negatively influence the incentive to study and the drive to learn for exams. The same holds true for mental health issues such as depression, exhaustion and burnout. However, a mental health crisis can be coped with and is more often than not even a chance for personal and study related development and growth. During the lecture, typical signs of depression and burn-out will be discussed and proven treatment methods and support offers for students will be presented. The speaker will give examples how you can differentiate between crisis, depression and burnout. The participants will understand how to recognize warning signals for a mental crisis and will be able to distinguish the different conditions with regard to their own personal situation during their studies. They will get information about the different service and support organizations that are available for the student community.



Resilience – just make the difference!

Adele Brucks (presentation language: German)

Do you recognize the situation? Your fellow students come to the lectures on time, are totally relaxed, bring their own health food with them and tell you they are going for a run with some friends at night. And you are totally exhausted, stumbling into the auditorium last minute before the lecture starts. You just ate a cheap unhealthy sandwich from the kiosk down the road and have no time for sports left in your day. Now, you ask yourself once again: How do others manage to get it all done? How is it possible? Resilience is widely seen as the key for stress and crisis management. The abilities that define resilience are not necessarily genetic but can be trained. And they can make all the difference. Join us and find out more about the topic. Discover ways how you can integrate resilience into your daily study life. The lecturer gives an introduction to the topic of resilience. She will explain the different aspects that support the mental resistance. You will get some guidance on how you can benefit from resilience. In a quick test you will find out how resilient you are and who can be a role model for a more resilient behavior. You will see how stress can build up and how individual assessment defines a situation

Wednesday, 13.11.2019: MindTalks

TUM Campus Munich, Arcisstraße 21
Immatriculation Hall, Ground floor

18:00 – 20:30

Ideas and visions need to be spread and shared. That´s the only way we can learn from each other and build synergies. #MINDTalks are the ideal platform to bring people together who are involved and engaged in the area of mental health. Brief presentations inspired by TED Talks alternate with discussions and open exchange. They shall inspire and build networks among people. In short: they are creative, innovative, impulsive.

Guest speakers and subjects:

  • Marcel Bischofberger (Co-initiator #TUM4MIND 2018):
    „Studying with depression: Every journey begins wih the first step.“
  • Lisa Breinlinger (Angehörige psychisch Kranker, ApK München e.V.):
    Getting back on track – how I keep learning to cope with the mental illness in my family.“
  • Dr. Philipp Heiler (Founder of Brainboost):
  • Aaron Zielke (Colorful Innovation): 
    “The power of language“

Thank you

TUM General Student Advising and Academic Coaching are this year’s organizers of #TUM4MIND – Boosting your mental strength for studying. We build on the success of the Mental Health Action Days 2018. Our thanks go to Peter Finger (TUM Junge Akademie) and to the initiators of last year’s event Marcel Bischofberger, Dominique de Marné and Lasse Münstermann for the valuable preliminary work and this year’s support. We also want to thank all speakers and representatives of the participating institutions as well as our colleagues of WTG@MCTS. The state capital of Munich and health insurance Techniker Krankenkasse are the financial supporters.

If you have any questions please contact us: tum4mind.ssz(at)tum.de