Contact Points

Despite all good intentions on the part of the university management, departments and individuals cases of discrimination and psychological suffering do occur. If problems cannot be solved in direct conversation between those affected or are of a general nature the TU Darmstadt offers numerous counselling centres with competent contact persons.

Who to contact in case of discrimination?

Students Employees
  • Student Council
  • Lecturers
  • Dean of Studies
  • Study Coordinator
  • Decentralized Equal Opportunity Commissioners
  • Student Equal Opportunity Commissioner
  • Team Anti-Discrimination and Diversity
  • Supervisors
  • Decentralised Equal Opportunity Commissioners
  • Team Anti-Discrimination and Diversity
  • achTUng!
  • Central Equal Opportunity Commissioner
  • Complaint and Improvement Management
  • Threat Management
  • AStA
    • Anti-Discrimination and Abstention Unit
    • Queer Unit
  • Social Counselling of the Studierendenwerk
  • achTUng!
  • Central Equal Opportunity Commissioner
  • Dez. VII Personnel and Legal Affairs
  • Staff Council
  • Representative for Severely Disabled Persons
  • Social and Conflict Counselling
  • Thread Management

Psychological stress during studies?

Stress causes, in case of a long-term high glucocorticoid concentration, increased blood pressure, inhibitions of immune and infection reactions, anxiety and depressive moods as well as disturbances of cognitive processes (learning) (Schandry, 2011, pp. 318-329). Serenity is the antipode of stress. Consequently it is important to develop strategies for yourself in your studies to mobilise composure during stressful periods. This is easier said than done. But there is professional support available.

How to deal with psychological stress?

According to a study (Hofmann, Sperth & Holm-Hadulla, 2017), 20 percent of students feel affected by psychological problems in their studies, 13 percent express a desire for counselling, and seven percent of them eventually seek professional help. Students are not more likely to be mentally ill than the general population but are twice as likely to consult psychotherapists. The experience with counselling services (low-threshold problem-centered help services; to be distinguished from psychotherapy) is very positive. Studies of the University of Mainz show that students with depressive moods and anxiety disorders make use of an average of 7 to 8 sessions; almost 70 percent of them experience improvements afterwards (ibid.). Students of the Technical University of Darmstadt are allowed to use the services of the Studierendenwerk in case of procrastination, exam anxiety, acute life crises, etc.

You would like to contact a person from the department of chemistry first?

If required, you are welcome to contact the following persons, who will help you with their professional and life experience and support you with regard to contacting the Psychotherapeutic Counselling Center of the Studierendenwerk.

  Name Working area(s) Contact
Dr. Christine Kapfenberger
+49 6151 16-21003
L2|02 29
Prof. Dr. Marcus Rose
+49 6151 16-21003
L2|02 29
Prof. Dr. Markus Prechtl
Didactics of Chemistry
+49 6151 16-20828
L2|02 235