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Resilience Lunch Breaks

The discussion series on mental health in challenging times

Wednesday, October 25 2023, 13:00 to 14:00 hrs (light lunch from 12:00 hrs) 

Mental disorders are among the top ten leading causes of disease burden worldwide. One in two individuals will experience mental health problems during their life. Given that a large proportion of mental disorders originate at an age younger than 25, a closer look is essential. Psychological research has brought up several protective factors that contribute to short-term and long-term mental health despite adversity. These so called resilience factors have the most promising and sustainable effect when already strengthened during childhood and adolescents. Both, further research into these factors and the continuing promotion of mental health and resilience (primary prevention) as well as formal and informal help-seeking behaviour (secondary and tertiary prevention) will not only lead to an overall healthier population but is also key to reducing health disparities in adolescence that can be tracked into adulthood.


Find out more about this at our next “Resilience Lunch Break” on

Wednesday, October 25 2023, 13:00 to 14:00 hrs (light lunch from 12:00 hrs)

“Resilience in adolescence as a starting point to health equity” at the Representation of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate to the EUAvenue de Tervueren 60, 1040 Brussels.


Welcome address

Dr. Hanno Pfeil

Director of the Representation of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate to the European Union

Deputy Head of European and International Cooperation, Sustainability


Prof. Dr. Anne-Laura van Harmelen

Professor Brain, Safety and Resilience, Leiden University


Dr. Lena Eppelmann

Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research, Mainz

Panel discussion

Prof. Dr. Anne-Laura van Harmelen

Dr. Lena Eppelmann

Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research (LIR), Mainz 

Sabine Verheyen

Member of the European Parliament

Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education


Michael Teutsch

Head of Unit, Schools and Multilingualism

Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

European Commission  



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 in the attachment.

We look forward to seeing you and ask that you register by October 18, 2023 via this link.

The event is co-organised by

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