Support for students with mental illness (HOPES)
HOPES is available to all students seeking practical help to master their studies following a serious psychological crisis, often following in-patient or partially in-patient treatment. HOPES services supplement academic advising services and outpatient psychotherapeutic or psychiatric treatment. Individual counseling and HOPES group counseling do not replace psychiatric and/or psychotherapeutic treatment.
HOPES group counseling
A HOPES group is a closed, semester-long group with a maximum of 10–12 participants. Groups facilitate contact with other affected students, exchange, and possibilities for finding out about various paths and solutions. To take part in a group, use our secure mail portal to set up an appointment for a preliminary meeting. Please note that the groups are held in German.
Individual counseling can supplement group counseling in order to explore individual concerns in depth or if group participation is not possible for organizational or personal reasons. This kind of counseling includes
- individual counseling on creating a realistic semester schedule, organizing everyday academic life, and preparing for exams;
- close cooperation with associated services (Studierendenwerk, academic offices, examination offices) for financial and organizational problems, opportunities for compensation for disadvantages for studies and examinations (Dr. Maike Gattermann-Kasper), career matters (Career Center), or the search of alternatives to study (labor agencies);
Use our secure mail portal to make an appointment.