Mental health and well-being in the workplace

MakeSense Berlin and tbd* have teamed up for a digital event series focused on mental health and well-being in the workplace. The series will foster an open dialogue to better understand the connections between work, mental health, and well-being. Employees, leaders, decision makers, freelancers, and social entrepreneurs interested in improving workplace well-being and destigmatising mental health issues are invited to be part of the conversation. The series will begin on the 15th of September, 2020.


15/09/20, 6.30-7:30 pm (CEST)

Well-being at work: A panel discussion


The nature of work is rapidly and constantly changing in today’s world. Part of these changes include recognising the importance and impact of mental health and well-being in the workplace. Especially after the outbreak of Covid-19, these issues are getting increased attention. How can we continue to incorporate this understanding as part of a healthy, productive work environment?

Join our moderated discussion with three professionals who are active in the field of social entrepreneurship, as we learn from their personal and job-related experiences with mental health and well-being in the workspace. Our aim is for our panelists to engage in an interactive exchange for discussing the challenges they’ve observed in various contexts, and actionable insights for creating more inclusive work environments. Following this discussion, you’ll have an opportunity to engage with the panelists in a Q&A session.

Panel guests:

  • Pedro Marques, Co-Founder & CEO, Hug-a-Group
  • Mike Wong, Freelancer, Volunteer at MakeSense Berlin, Former Psychotherapist
  • Kristina Wilms, Entrepreneur in Residence at Malteser Deutschland & Consultant for Digital Therapeutics at Medullan Inc.

29/09/20, 6.30-7:30 pm (CEST)

A 5-Pillar Model of Resilience for Unwavering Well-Being


Well-being at work is a topic more and more prominent in companies because of the cost associated with not taking care of the employees. It’s been instrumental in establishing new initiatives and ways of working, such as flexible hours and remote working policies, access to stress management training and the anecdotal ping pong tables.

And while it is well-intended and certainly a great start, it is not even remotely enough to really help individuals manage their own well-being. For that, the focus has to shift from the employee as one of many units of production to a human being as a complex system of biology and emotions – and with that, shifting from a one-size fits all approach to an individualized system. There is more to well-being than ‘take some rest and take care of yourself’’.

That’s the system I gradually built for myself as part of my burn-out recovery, as I was learning about and experimenting with the latest science of happiness and well-being. I have created a 5-pillar model of resilience for unwavering well-being, a tried and true diagnostic method and action plan making system.

This system is both universal and customizable to your liking and lifestyle – so that next time you feel down, tired, confused, you know exactly what you long for and concretely what to do (and how to make it all fit in a crazy busy life). And even better so, you are equipped to proactively feed all your needs in your unique way and become unstoppable whatever challenges come your way – like, say, an unexpected virus pandemic…


13/10/20, 6.30-8:00 pm (CEST)

Entstigmatisierung psychischer Probleme am Arbeitsplatz: Wer, warum und wie?


Als ehemals selbst Betroffene sowie aus meiner langjährigen Arbeit mit anderen Betroffenen weiß ich, wie Stigmatisierung aussieht. Doch wie muss ein Arbeitsplatz sein, was brauchen Betroffene, aber auch Kollegen und Vorgesetzte, damit ein offener Umgang und Entstigmatisierung möglich wird? Und was davon ist wirklich umsetzbar? Diesen und ähnlichen Fragen möchte ich interaktiv mit euch auf den Grund gehen. Lasst uns Ideen zusammentragen und mögliche Lösungsansätze diskutieren.

Dieser Workshop richtet sich an Interessierte, die bereits beruflich oder privat mit dem Thema psychische Erkrankungen am Arbeitsplatz in Berührung gekommen sind, die Ideen für nötige Veränderungen haben und/oder aktiv mitdiskutieren wollen.



An overview organisations, and individuals we learned about over the past couple of months.

Hug-A-Group brings people together in both therapy and support groups with the help of psychologists, creating strong communities where people are less lonely and more connected. Visit website

Arya App supports people suffering from depression. Visit website

Anna Sophia Feuerbach is a speaker and trainer supporting people directly or indirectly affected by mental health issues, and working with schools, universities and organisations. Visit website

Humans of Big Corp is a private, ad-free safe place of like-minded people who connect, mastermind, and support each other on topics of authenticity, purpose and fulfillment at work. Visit website

Berg & Mental is Germany’s first mental health café based in Munich, providing information, seminars and events focussing on mental health. Visit website

Shitshow is a mental health consultancy providing a range of educational and training services to organisations and individuals, including a podcast. Visit website

Offensive Psychische Gesundheit is a recently launched interdepartmental initiative of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) and the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) with support of more than 40 partner organisations. The aim is to help destigmatize mental health issues, link existing prevention and help services, and make the services easier to find. Visit website

psyGA is a German portal for mental health at work with guidelines and practical tools for managers and employees. Visit website

Workplace Mental Health: American Psychiatric Association resource for employers to better support mental health for their staff and families. Visit website

Dragonfly Mental Health is a globally operating non-profit organization, formed by academics for academics. It was created to improve mental health care access and address the unhealthy culture currently pervading academia. Visit website

Young Leaders for Health (YLH) is a non-profit organization consisting of an international team of students and young professionals from various academic backgrounds wishing to nurture the next generation of leaders in public and global health. They provide an interdisciplinary platform for the exchange and generation of knowledge, the development of innovative, sustainable and equitable projects in the field of global health, with a focus on health systems. In addition, they facilitate networking opportunities with people from around the world who are motivated to bring about positive changes in public and global health. Visit website

A global network of mental health hubs that strives to bridge the gaps in access and quality of mental health services. Visit website

A selection of articles, publications, guides and other information related to mental health and well-being can be found here.

About us

Makesense is a dynamic global network of people who share common values of community, collaboration, open-mindness and a passion to create a better world through social entrepreneurship. The digital event series is organised by members of the makesense Berlin hotspot. We are a volunteer led community of social entrepreneurship enthusiasts based in Berlin that is affiliated to the MakeSense global network.

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