Mental health support



Mental health is an integral part of health, essential for human beings to able to individually and collectively think, feel, exchange with others, perform productive work and enjoy life. Below you will find a number of key resources, including the details of the CERN psychologists, to help you understand and improve your mental health.

Self-assess your mental health

This table is a tool that can help you self-assess your mental health. It is important to remember that good mental health and physical health are vital for us to feel wholly healthy.

The Psychological Health Barometer allows us to take our psychological vital signs at a glance and answer the question: What are the signs to look out for to prevent overwork? It is normal for our state to fluctuate, the important thing is to see where the majority of our “psychological vital signs” are and try to return to the green zone. Signs of distress are neither abnormal nor a sign of weakness but a signal to listen to. So don't hesitate to seek professional support as soon as you reach the orange zone.

CERN psychologists

If you are going through a phase where you feel the need to take stock or explore options with a professional, whether for private or professional reasons, CERN’s Medical Service provides members of personnel (MPE and MPA) the help of two psychologists.

  • Katia S. is available on Mondays and Tuesdays (all day) and on Wednesdays (afternoon only)
  • Sébastien T. is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays (all day) and Thursdays (morning only)

They offer you primary care psychological consultations free of charge, in English or French, provided in a space where you will be listened to and get support, in complete confidentiality.

In the framework of their mandate, these psychologists can:

  • guide you, give advice,
  • present you with tools to better manage a given situation,
  • refer you to a suitable practitioner, if necessary.

You can make an appointment with a CERN psychologist via e-mail at

Resources for your everyday mental health

We all experience stresses in our daily lives. At home, at work, or elsewhere. Usually these stresses are short lived, and can be easily controlled with the right techniques. Below are a range of short techniques, which can be performed anywhere, to help you quickly reduce stress levels and promote a sense of calm and focus.
Muscle Relaxation
Physiological Sigh
Cardiac Coherence

A short seminar held in the framework of the “Work Well Feel Well” campaign on 4 June 2024, also accompanies these techniques, with further instruction and detail. The recording is below:

In light of World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2023, whose overall objective is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilise efforts in support of mental health, CERN’s Medical service and psychologists held three interactive sessions to learn effective and useful tools to better deal with stress.

Flash disconnection

Discover a new tool to disconnect rapidly, reduce stress and recover your mental agility.

More information on Indico.

Watch the recording here.

Cardiac coherence

Learn how to manage your stress and increase your efficiency in just a few minutes a day with cardiac coherence.

More information on Indico.

Watch the recording here.

Self-evaluation tool

Presentation of a tool to help you gauge the state of your mental health to take action and prevent mental exhaustion.

More information on Indico.

Watch the recording here.