Mental Health Awareness Week

As people working in academia, we often encounter situations that are highly stressful and anxiety-inducing, and oftentimes we tend to neglect the impact it has on our mental health. The topic is not commonly brought up for discussion, and there is a negative perception about seeking help in these situations. We have all been there, and can attest to the general lack of information about the resources and ways to resolve or care for our mental well-being.

So this November, join us for a week dedicated to your mental health and wellbeing. From Nov. 16th till 20th, DION will organize and support a series of events across campuses to raise awareness about the mental health of PhDs, post-docs, and temporary scientific staff at NTNU. This week will contain seminars regarding the services at NTNU, practical workshops providing guidance on how to manage stress, meditation and fitness techniques that can improve our overall well-being. In addition, be sure to follow our social media channels, as we will be posting some useful information and tips as well.

Click here to download the full Programme

Click here to register for the events

Here is the summary of the events happening:


Day 1: MINDFUL MONDAY (16th November)

FULLY BOOKED – Online event, 10:00 – 12:00: Mental health workshop “Work-life balance: A mental health approach”. Description here.

Trondheim – Kalvskinnet, Akrinn L404, 16:00 – 17:00: “OHS presenting the services available at NTNU”; The event will be streamed for the other NTNU campuses.



Trondheim – Gløshaugen Idrett Sal 4, 12:00-13:00: “Strength building class”

Gjøvik -Gneiss G303, 13:30 – 14:45: “Yoga for Grounding and Stress Relief”



Trondheim – EL4, Gløshaugen,17:00 – 18:30: “Meditation workshop”

Gjøvik -Eureka 1/3, 11:30 – 14:00: “OHS presenting the services available locally in Gjøvik”.



Trondheim – Gløshaugen Kjelhuset KJL4, 17:00 – 18:00: “Workshop on stress management”.

Gjøvik – Kobolt K105, 12:00 -13:00: “Tolerance, understanding, peace of mind”; The event will be streamed for the other NTNU campuses.



TrondheimGløshaugen Realfagbygget R3, 17:30 – 19:30: “Improvisation workshop”.


Day 6: FEEL GOOD Saturday

Gjøvik – NTNU A Building (starting point), 12:00: Walk to Eiktunet along with coffee and waffles at Eiktunet Cafe


Corona safety measures, valid for all events:

* DION is following national and NTNU’s infection control guidelines to ensure that our events can take place in a safe environment for speakers and participants. As the situation is evolving quickly, certain events may be moved online or cancelled. Those registered will be informed of any such changes by email.

* All participants will be pre-registered to the events (using google forms/social media).

* All participants showing up at the event need to check-in the rooms, using NTNU check-in system.

* The seating will be arranged so that a minimum of 1 meter distance is preserved between the attendees.

* Disinfectant and masks will be made available for the participants before entering the rooms and after exiting.

* All snacks will be served in individual wraps.

DION’s Choir – Open rehearsals (with food and drinks)!

Date: 21st January 2020

Time: 5pm – 7pm

Venue: R3, Realfagbygget, Gløshaugen, Trondheim

Do you feel your life is a little bit sadder and gloomier without music? Do you have a song in your heart that you cannot sing alone?
You don’t need to be a trained singer to join our choir: we look for committed people with a good intonation, in order to build a vibrant, cozy environment for beautiful harmonies to bloom.
And you, holed up instrumentalists! Do you play piano, guitar or percussions and you want to help us? We are looking for musicians, so join our open rehearsals!

If you want to participate, please fill in this form.

Stay tuneful 😀
PS. The location might be changed. Keep on checking our posts on the facebook event for possible modifications!

Social juggling workshop for non-jugglers [Registration Needed]

Date: 30th January 2020

Time: 6pm – 9pm

Venue: R3, Realfagbygget, Gløshaugen, Trondheim

Have you ever considered of trying something new/different/cool?

John Zobolas, PhD candidate at the Department of Biology, with the support of DION, is organising a juggling workshop for non-juggling researchers. Each participant receives 3 new juggling balls
and gets to play patterns or pass them to others as well as learn to coordinate such patterns with music.
In other words, 100% guaranteed fun!

Registration is mandatory (limited number of participants ~35). Click here to register.
Meet us at R3, Realfagbygget, Thursday 30/1, from 6:00 PM onwards!

Link to the facebook event

DION’s Julebord 2019 [Registration required]

Date: 16th December 2019 (Monday)

Time: 6 pm – 10 pm

Venue: EL 21, Elektro Building, NTNU Trondheim

We know you were craving it, so here we are, announcing the official DION’s julebord 2019!
Food will fill our bellies, Gløgg will flow in our veins and the Christmas spirit will make our hearts rejoice. The party will start at 18:00 on Monday 16 December in EL21, in Gamle Elektro, Gløshaugen.
Feel free to bring your family and your partner, but confirm your participation as soon as possible, since we only have a limited number of seats (50)!

Link to the registration form (you can register up to 4 persons)

Link to the fb event

A Night At The Movies: Outdoor Cinema

Date: 13th December 2019 (Friday)

Time: 8pm – 10pm

Venue: Julemarkedet Trondheim (Torvet)

The Julemarkedet (Christmas Market) in Trondheim is hosting an outdoor cinema at Torvet, and DION is inviting all PhDs, postdocs, and other temporary research staff to come along with us.

The movie is A Nightmare Before Christmas, perfect for the season! The screening is free and there will be Pizza and one hot drink for everyone! So join us, and feel free to bring your partners/kids along with you.

Movie event here

About the movie: What happens when holidays collide ? A 1993 animation by Tim Burton and Henry Selick.
Reviews and more info

Link to the facebook event