Coping with the Crisis - The Psychosocial Impact of the Pandemic

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The Corona crisis has affected societies in Japan and Germany in many ways. In addition to the health consequences, the pandemic also brings with it significant social and psychological effects such as unemployment and growing poverty, depression, loneliness and conflicts in the home environment.

In the virtual symposium “Coping with the Crisis”, practitioners from Germany and Japan report on their experiences during the pandemic; researchers from various disciplines exchange their findings and assessments of the consequences of the pandemic for both countries – with the aim of identifying social trends as well as ways out of the crisis.

Event Information

June 10, 2021, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Organizer(s): German Centre for Research and Innovation Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo), Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB)

Date: Thursday, June 10, 2021

Time: 18:00-20:00 (JST) / 11:00-13:00 (CEST)

Language: German / Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)

Flyer (German / Japanese)

Programme (German / Japanese)

Read more about the topic in the DWIH Series: Toru Kumagai’s reports on R&D trends in Germany “German government and medical world fight the psychological impact of the new coronary pandemic”

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Dorothea MAHNKE, DWIH Tokyo

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Dr. Julia MÜNCH , JDZB

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[Perspectives from the practice]

ŌZORA Kōki, NPO “A Place for You”



Jens GRÄBENER, Berliner Krisendienst


Jens Gräbener, born 09.03.1968, graduated with a diploma in psychology. A Systemic therapist (DGSF), psychological psychotherapist (behavioral therapy), and member of the German Society for Suicide Prevention (DGS), he serves as head of Berlin Crisis Service Region West. In addition, he is teaching supervisor for systemic therapy and behavioral therapy.

Ulf KIRSE, Universität Bielefeld

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[Panel discussion: Effects, developments, approaches to solutions]

Prof. Dr. Klaus BERGER, NAKO Expert Group “Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases” / Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine, University of Münster

Prof. Dr. UEDA Michiko, Waseda University

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Michiko Ueda is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Political Science and Economics at Waseda University, in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to joining Waseda University, she has taught at Syracuse University and California Institute of Technology. Her research interests include suicide prevention, and public health, and public policy. Her latest publications include “Suicide and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan” (Journal of Public Health, 2021), “Mental health status of the general population in Japan during the COVID-19 pandemic.” (Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 2020), and “Tweeting celebrity suicides: Users’ reaction to prominent suicide deaths on Twitter and subsequent increases in actual suicides” (Social Science and Medicine, 2017). She received her Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Prof. Dr. Klaus LIEB, Universitätsmedizin Mainz / Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research

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Univ.-Prof. Dr Klaus Lieb is scientific director of the Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research (LIR) and head of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in Mainz.

Prof. Dr. UCHIDA Yukiko, Kyoto University


Dr. Uchida is currently a professor of social and cultural psychology at the Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University.


Dr. Nora KOTTMANN, DIJ Tokyo

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Germany: Emergency Numbers
TelefonSeelsorge in Deutschland (0800) 111 0 111 oder (0800) 111 0 222 (24h, kostenlos)
Hilfetelefon “Gewalt gegen Frauen”: (0800) 0 116 016 (24h, kostenlos)
Kinder- und Jugendtelefon „Nummer gegen Kummer“: (0800) 111 0333 (anonym und kostenlos, Mo-Sa 14-20 Uhr)

Germany: Additional helplines and counseling services
Deutsche Depressionshilfe:
Deutsche Depressionshilfe – “Rat für Angehörige”:
U25 Mailberatung für junge Menschen in Suizidgefahr –
Online-Beratung für Jugendliche:
Online-Beratungsangebot der Caritas:
GUS e.V. Angehörige um Suizid –
Die Homepage des Vereins Freunde fürs Leben e.V. –
Robert Enke Stiftung – Förderung von Maßnahmen zur Aufklärung bei Depression und Kinder-Herzkrankheiten :

Japan: Emergency Number & counselling service in English
TELL Japan: +81-3-5774-0992

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