Mental health support

Everyone needs support some time. There are many different types of support and ways to access this support. We hope the links below will show you what is available. Please tell us if you have updates and improvements. You may find this guide helpful, especially if you are new to Germany: A guide to psychotherapy in Germany: where can I find help?

If you have already seen your GP (Hausarzt) to get a referral (Überweisung) and now have difficulty getting an appointment to see a specialist doctor (eg psychologist, optometrist, gynaecologist, orthopaedic doctor etc),  phone 116117 (24 hrs, seven days a week) or see the Patientenservice website to identify the appropriate help.

SUPPORT FOR EMPLOYEES – UNIVERSITY OF GÖTTINGEN

SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS – UNIVERSITY OF GÖTTINGEN

SUPPORT FOR STAFF AT THE MPI

  • The Max Planck Society offers all employees access to its Employee and Manager Assistance Program service (EMAP) in the form of an immediate consultation.  This is an external, anonymous, free service for employees, scholarship holders and executives organised by the Fürstenberg Institute. You simply need to call their free phone number 0800/387 7836 (or 00800/38 778362 if calling from abroad). Please indicate that you belong to an MPI when you phone.  They may ask for confirmation from your work contract.
  • Employees of the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry can contact their Corporate Health Management (Betriebliches Gesundheits Management) – email here

FURTHER SUPPORT AVAILABLE IN GÖTTINGEN

HELPLINES

  • In German – TelefonSeelsorge – 0800 111 0 111 or 0800 111 0222 (no charge) telephone advice as well as online services in the German language.
  • Other countries offer helplines in different languages (note that charges apply) – the list is here.
  • In English – a number of countries offer helplines in English but note that telephone charges apply, eg the Samaritans in the UK - +44 116 123 or Lifeline in Australia – 13 11 14
  • Muslim telephone advice service – Muslimisches Seelsorgetelefon (German, Turkish, Arabic, Urdu available) - 030 443509821
  • Women against violence: 08000 116 016

SUPPORT SERVICES AVAILABLE IN HANNOVER

DOCTORS AND THERAPISTS

  • The Welcome Centre of the University of Göttingen has lists of therapists and medical specialists who speak English and other languages, for information email here
  • Many services will be accessed via your General Practitioner (GP or Family Doctor) and it is recommended that you sign up with a GP early on.  More advice is here under Doctors in Göttingen.