Psychological problems while going to a University can be expensive for students as well as the universities; test repetitions may be required, study periods must be extended, and people may contemplate changing their major – or worse: dropping out. The students themselves are hoping for a good education, and the universities of Karlsruhe and Pforzheim are interested in and responsible for helping students graduate with success, even in cases of psychological distress.
With the above picture in mind, is it a good idea to gather different people and institutions at a table for discussion. Thus, PBS has regularly hosted Round-Table-discussions since March 2009, at which an interested group of participants, such as university personnel and those from ministries, headmaster’s offices, student unions, employment agencies, and student communities can come together. The presentations of data analysis from PBS-client-samples as well as keynote speeches on the related topics are key points of the discussions. PBS seizes the opportunity to inform a diverse group of people about common psychological problems, counseling services, and we seek to promote the development of a cooperative project on psychological stigma prevention and support.