Are you looking for support during your PhD studies? Below you will find a helpful guide for PhD students on Support Services for PhDs at the University of Groningen.
Online self support (e-Health)
For many students, an online and anonymous approach is a first step towards mental support.
Mirro’s self-help modules provide you with online support if you are going through a difficult time. There are several topics you can choose from, e.g. anxiety, work stress or worrying.
For more information and the offer of self-help modules from Mirro, see our PhD Support site and open the appropriate tab.
Living life to the fullest (course: eight sessions of 2 hrs each)
This practical course will help you to experience greater freedom and quality in your life, despite the things you struggle with, and teach you how to cope with difficult situations.
For more information and registration, see our PhD Support site and open the appropriate tab
What can I do to find some support?
If you feel you could use some support during your studies, you can always contact your PhD coordinator, someone at your Graduate School, or talk to your supervisor. If you need specific help, you can contact the university who will offer confidential support depending on your situation:
- I feel stressed
- I want to feel more confident
- I procrastinate
- I work too many hours
- I am afraid for a burnout
- I want to talk about my supervision
- I want to plan my future career
- I am not sure I want to go on with my PhD
- I feel lonely
- I feel depressed
- I am ill and unable to work
*Please note: The courses may be offered through more than one department. We are in the process of integrating our course offerings. For courses where more than one option is listed, please feel free to choose the course which best fits your situation.
The GSMS has its own PhD Support Groups for PhD’s in the Medical Sciences / at UMCG. For information, please click Course information (rug.nl)
Workshops for PhD Students on request
PhD psychologist Karen Huizing offers a number of workshops on request. These workshops can be requested by the PhD Councils and Gopher, but if you would like to organize a workshop for a group of PhD students (minimal number of participants is 10), you are welcome to send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can view and/or download the list of workshops here.
Links below will take you to webpages outside of the Groningen Graduate School site. You may need your student number or personnel number to log in.
I feel stressed
Do you feel stressed a lot of the time and want to do something about it? There are several options available within the university:
I want to feel more confident
Do you sometimes feel insecure or anxious? Depending on where your insecurity comes from, there are several options available at the university. Some courses provide support on how to manage your PhD, others are more about stress management and coping with anxiety:
Do you find it difficult to keep focused at work? Do you often feel like "What have I really done today?" when you go home? There are several options available at the university:
I work too many hours
I am afraid for a burnout
Do you feel stressed and find it difficult to relax? Do you sometimes feel like you are not able to cope with everything anymore? There are several options available at the university:
- Stress Reduction Workshop (workshop)
- Mindfulness, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MSBR, SSC)
- Hartcoherence ( AMD )
- Individual counselling
I want to talk about my supervision.
I want to plan my future career
I am not sure I want to go on with my PhD
Do you have doubts whether you want to go on with your PhD? Find someone to talk to:
I feel lonely
I feel depressed
Do you feel depressed lately and it doesn’t seem to go away anymore? Please make an appointment with your GP to get advice or to talk to someone:
I am ill and unable to work
If you are ill for more than a month, please report this to the coordinator or your Graduate School.
- Report sick to your Graduate School coordinator or PhD supervisor.
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