“The mental health of employees has a decisive effect on the success of a company” – likewise, the mental health of leaders has an effect on the success of a company. The Institute for Mental Health and Business deals with the visionary topic of mental health and business at a scientific level. The increasingly complex interactions and effects on people are researched and through new scientific findings, a successful socio-critical discussion is initiated.
Our institute is unique in Europe and offers a wide range of different high-level analyses and seminars. As a result, the management of executives is optimised and new ways of thinking and acting are successfully applied in the company. By combining different disciplines, it is possible to continuously generate new scientific findings and offer them to organisations and companies for application.
Our extensive range of further training for managers and employees rounds off the programme. We teach techniques and strategies to be able to act and react successfully and empathically even in crisis situations and under psychologically stressful conditions. Our offer is suitable for: Companies, associations, organisations and individuals who are active in the field of business in a leading or advisory capacity.

Head: Mag. Dr. Monika Spiegel, e-mail

Offers and Events

“Always on top” and still “healthy”? 

How to take proper care of your mental health in an ever more demanding professional life?

The Institute for Mental Health and Business deals with the interaction and impact of work and mental health and offers managers and employees training opportunities, teaches techniques and strategies for dealing adequately with mental stress and raises awareness for the importance of sustainable mental hygiene.

Course: Lead Yourself – Self-Management and Psychological Resilience in Work Life

The aim of the course “Lead Yourself” (offered in German) is to sensitise people to psychological stress in everyday life, to promote psychological resilience, to support time management and to (re-)activate work-life balance despite working from home.

Course: Psychosocial Skills in Business

‘Healthy Leadership’ starts with being a role model in dealing with oneself and identifying personal behaviours. The university course ‘Psychosocial Skills in Business‘ (in German) aims to sensitise managers towards a healthy psychosocially oriented leadership.
Next course starts: March 2022
Folder: Psychosoziale Kompetenz in der Wirtschaft_2022 (PDF, in German)

Course: Professional HR Separation Management – You always see each other twice in life

Ending relationships respectfully and in a mutually acceptable way is not easy. This also applies to work relationships. Separations hurt, but are also unavoidable in a professional context. Every manager is faced with the situation at some point: How do I tell my employee?
Take advantage of the opportunity to bring in your personal concerns and start implementing them in your company with the best possible “coaching” from the course.
→ more on the course


“Separate and Yet Together” – following this motto, the Institute for Mental Health and Business offers regular webinars on various topics. Webinars make it possible to actively participate in the Institute’s seminars despite social distancing.

Excerpt of webinars held in 2020 (in German):

  • Lead Yourself – Self-Management and Psychological Resilience in Work Life
    Psyche in Zeiten von Corona – die neue Arbeitswelt. In der Krise sicher Führen und Managen
  • Professionelle Gestaltung von Zoomveranstaltungen
  • Das liebe Geld und die Psychologie – Geld regiert nicht nur die Welt, sondern manchmal auch Beziehungen
  • Arbeitsrecht in Zeiten von Covid-19 – Fragen und Antworten
  • Virtuell führen und zusammenarbeiten
  • Sicherheit geben in unsicheren Zeiten – Wie interne und externe Kommunikation dazu beitragen können!
  • Bleib gesund! – Stärkung des Immunsystems

Leadership under difficult conditions

Recent events and regulations bring individual challenges. But especially now it seems all the more important to support employees in order to overcome conflict situations together. Managers are assigned an essential task in this context: They are supposed to lead the crisis dynamics in companies in a positive direction. This is a demanding task and in some cases requires support.

Because of this, I offer the possibility to work on the following questions by email, Skype, Facetime or by telephone:

  • How can I convey to my staff that the current events and life circumstances are manageable and how am I dealing with my own situation right now?
  • How can I continue to implement my tasks as a leader in times of crisis?
  • What qualities do I need to display as a leader in times of crisis?
  • How can I still lead when social contact with my staff is reduced to electronic communication channels?
  • How can I as a leader maintain the cohesion of my team?
  • How important is conflict in a crisis and how can I channel it positively?
  • What does the current situation mean in terms of future personnel decisions?

Contact: wirtschaft@sfu.ac.at

Past events:

Research, Publications and Press

Supervision of research projects, bachelor theses, diploma theses, dissertations.
Students have the opportunity to propose a potential research topic themselves.

Publications | Press
For press enquiries, please contact Dr. Monika Spiegel directly at monika.spiegel@sfu.ac.at

Resilienz: Ein Immunsystem für die Seele | Der Standard, 17.01.2022
Wir haben in der Pandemie nichts über den Umgang mit dem Sterben gelernt | Der Standard, 01.11.2021
Auch Helfer müssen nein sagen üben | Der Standard, 14.01.2021
Homeoffice forever? | Der Standard, 31.05.2020
Das wahre Gesicht – die Masken sind gefallen | Der Standard, 02.05.2020
Warum Führungskräfte in der Krise doppelt gefordert sind | personal-manager.at, 29.04.2020
Doping im Alltag: „Man hält hohe Belastungen aus und ist gut drauf“ | Kurier, 10.03.2019
Gute Süchte, schlechte Süchte?.pdf
 | Der Standard, 25.02.2018
Jeder Mensch hat süchtige Anteile.pdf | Kurier, 26.02.2018
Gibt es schlechte und gute Süchte? | Der Standard, 27.02.2018
Persönlichkeitsentwicklung in Organisationen – Die absolute Notwendigkeit | ÖBVP News, Juli 2017 (page 17)
Wenn der eine dumme Moment alles zunichte macht | Süddeutsche Zeitung, 15.01.2016
Wer früher gestresst ist, ist länger tot | Kurier, 16.11.2015
Soziale Medien begünstigen Bedrohung | Wiener Zeitung, 16.10.2015
Einmal Angst und zurück | Die Presse, 20.06.2015
Führungskräfte: „Der Fisch fängt am Kopf zu stinken an“ | Die Presse, 26.05.2015
Wenn die Arbeit zur Sucht wird | Die Presse, 28.02.2015
Wissen statt Tabu: Psychische Gesundheit am Arbeitsplatz | Die Presse, 23.01.2015
Tüchtig und süchtig | Wiener Zeitung, 14.03.2015



Mag. Dr. Monika Spiegel
Email: monika.spiegel@sfu.ac.at
Mobile: +43 664 281 91 07


Michelle Pichler
Mail: m.pichler@sfu.ac.at


Institute for Mental Health and Business
Faculty of Psychotherapy Science
Sigmund Freud University Vienna
Freudplatz 1, 1020 Vienna