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Resilience Lunch Breaks

The new discussion series on mental health in challenging times

This series of talks is organised by the International Resilience Alliance (intresa), the Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research (LIR) in Mainz, and the Representation of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate to the EU, in cooperation with other European partners.

The one-hour “Resilience Lunch Breaks” will allow for discussions on research findings, political and societal implications and will address issues related to prevention-oriented research.

We invite you to learn more about resilience and how our insights can translate into political action and a change of societies starting on

Tuesday June 21, 2022 13:00 - 14:00

at the Representation of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate to the EU, Avenue de Tervueren 60, 1040 Brussels.

Resilience in children and adolescents – early investment, lasting gains

COVID-19 was and is a tough time especially for children and adolescents. Studies show a worrying rise in young people’s mental health problems. Finding solutions to the question of how children and adolescents can navigate the stresses and strains of daily life and what we can do on different levels to support this is more important than ever. Resilient children are more successful in dealing with difficulties in their daily lives and are able to bounce back more easily from the challenges they meet. Importantly, they are also less likely to develop a mental health condition in later life. This suggests that investing in child and youth resilience can yield long-lasting gains for individuals and our societies.

Welcome address

Dr. Denis Alt, State Secretary, Ministry of Science and Health Rhineland-Palatinate


Prof. Dr. Anne-Laura van Harmelen, Professor Brain, Safety and Resilience, Leiden University

Panel discussion

Prof. Dr. Anne-Laura van Harmelen, Leiden University

Michael Teutsch, Head of Unit, Schools and Multilingualism, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture European Commission  

Cassie Redlich, Technical Officer, Mental Health Flagship, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Raffael Kalisch, Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research (LIR) Mainz; intresa; FORTHEM; DynaMORE


This event will be held in English only. For further information, please refer to the programme.

We look forward to seeing you and ask that you register by June 13, 2022 via email to europe@stk.rlp.de.


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