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Reconciling Work/Studies and Family Life during the Coronavirus Crisis

For weeks now, life has been at a standstill - or upside down. On our website, we have compiled a number of useful links on various topics  – all of them are related to the issue of reconciling family and career or family and studies during the coronavirus crisis.

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(as at: July 7, 2020)

    Further assistance

  • Victims of violence

    Women, children, and young people as well as their parents can use the nationwide support hotlines also during this time of crisis if they have suffered violence:

    • Violence against Women support hotline:
      On 08000 116 016 the Violence against Women support hotline provides initial support and crisis assistance all around the clock in the event of attacks against women. The number is free of charge and provides anonymous advice in 18 languages.
    • City of Mannheim:
      The City of Mannheim has also compiled a list of regional and national assistance services and places to go for help and advice. Since May 4, 2020, additional counseling services for families, such as a family telephone, have been established.
    • Heidelberg and the Rhein-Neckar Metropolitan Region
      For Heidelberg and the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region, the guide4you project offers support by guiding affected women through the local system of assistance services.
    • Nummer gegen Kummer and Elterntelefon
      The Nummer gegen Kummer (116 111) service for children and adolescents or the Elterntelefon (0800 111 0550)  for parents are currently increasing their range of telephone advice services.
    • Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth
      Poster campaign “Not safe at home?” informs about offers of help
  • Initiatives for the prevention of violence

    • Behandlungsinitiative Opferschutz (BIOS-BW):
      The Behandlungsinitiative Opferschutz (BIOS-BW) initiative offers therapeutic assistance by telephone for people who fear that they might commit a crime. Especially people who have sexual fantasies about children or people who have a tendency to commit violent crimes can use this free of charge and anonymous service by calling the nationwide free hotline: 0800 70 222 40 (Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
    • Bundesforum Männer:
      Survival kit for men feeling under pressure who do not want to lose control in crisis situations.
  • Additional support services

    Available support services ranging from general information on reconciling work and family life during the coronavirus pandemic to information for informal caregivers and topics such as pregnancy and financial assistance:

  • Psychological counseling

    BDP Corona Hotline  
    The BDP Corona Hotline offers psychological counsellings during the coronavirus crisis thanks to the voluntary work of members of the Association of German Professional Psychologists (Berufsverbands deutscher Psychologinnen und Psychologen, BDP). On  0800 777 22 44, the hotline is available every day from 08:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Psychological Counseling Services of the Studierendenwerk
    The Psychological Counseling Services of the Studierendenwerk (PBS)  offers psychological counsellings during the coronavirus crisis:

    • Counseling services are offered via e-mail, telephone, and video; Mon-Thu: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. , Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., phone: 0621-49072-555 – counsellings are also offered in English!
    • Advice on housing and financing options can also be provided “to go” at ground level and through the window.
    • 10 tips for handling the coronavirus crisis

    Information of the City of Mannheim on psychological counseling services for children, adolescents, and parents:

    • Beratungsstelle Nord, phone: 0621-293-5530
    • Beratungsstelle Mitte, phone: 0621-293-8866
    • Beratungsstelle Süd, phone: 0621-293-6040
    • Homepage: (including information on advice centers of independent institutions)

    Initial point of contact and counseling service  of the Department of Gender Equality and Social Diversity

    • The initial point of contact and counseling service of the Department of Gender Equality and Social Diversity is available by e-mail (ute.pfruender(at) and will always have a sympathetic ear for you.