Mental Wellness Days Program

Get excited about the program themed around this year's slogan: A little bit better

Be able to cope with the current difficult situation a little bit better. Take care of your team a little bit better.  Set your personal boundaries a little bit better. Do a little bit of work on problematic relationships. Take a little bit more time to rest as an investment in your health and performance.

Wednesday November 2nd

1 pm

VUCA World: the overload of the contemporary world and the impact on mental health

1:25 pm

The Alpha and the Omega of high-performing teams: Psychological safety

Olga Zimmermann
psychologist, coach and facilitator

As a leader, how certain are you of your team's work environment to be a safe space for team members to:

  • speak out
  • make a mistake and admit it
  • express disagreement 
  • ask for help

The most successful teams within the business world are those that create a work environment where people feel good and safe. Those that allow people to express their opinions freely. Olga will discuss the effects mental wellbeing has on any team's performance and culture. You will learn the most important aspects that should not be disregarded.

language of the lecture: Czech

2:25 pm

ADHD in adulthood: When being hyperactive is alternated with being distracted

Martina Mikeskova
psychologist, lecturer

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is often associated with restless, distracted and unfocused kids who talk unintelligibly. However, ADHD doesn't disappear when such kids finish their school years. In this lecture, Martina will talk to you about kids with ADHD symptoms  as well as about adults with ADHD symptoms.

You will learn about the diagnosis itself: who is officially competent to diagnose it and what exactly it means for a person. Last but not least, you will also learn how to live with ADHD. The tips will be useful for those who deal with the disorder as well as for their family/friends.

language of the lecture: Czech

3:25 pm

The effect our mind has on our bodies, pain and chronic diseases

Zuzana Donathova
psychologist, physiotherapist and yoga teacher

Did you know that all the concerns you experience on a mental level affect your physical body as well? You probably know those moments when you are trying to fall asleep but your mind is racing, full of worries, and ruminating over tomorrow's work meeting. As a result, you feel low in energy and in a poor physical state the next day.

Zuzana will introduce an ideal-case scenario of doctors, healthcare professionals and psychotherapists working together in a psychosomatic team. We will discuss why it is important to see your problems from multiple perspectives and how it can help you.

language of the lecture: Czech

4:35 pm

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in mental health care: Will it replace therapists?

Ondrej Hrach: AI lingvist a AI popularizer
Juraj Jonas: psychologist, reseacher, developer

We enjoy wearing a smartwatch for a walk, run or swim, and we like receiving statistics based on our activity. Having our steps counted, heartbeat measured or sleep monitored gives us a better sense of control over our health.

How far are we from AI taking over our mental health care as well? How can robots work with something so abstract as moods and emotions? They can't have the empathy and emotional intelligence of a good friend or a therapist. Or can they? What are the potential dangers of future digital therapy and what is there to be excited about?

language of the lecture: Czech

5:35 pm

Authentic Limits Between Self-worth & Selfishness  (EN)

Jared Finkelstein, Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication,

Many of us experience painful inner conflict when we set personal boundaries.  We know we are making a choice intended to contribute to our personal well-being, but when we imagine the impact of this choice may have on others, we feel bad at best, and crippling guilt at worst.

We might wonder, where does a positive healthy sense of self-worth end, and selfishness begin?

This keynote is about reimagining this inner conflict, and investigating closely the sort of thinking that leads us to believe that setting boundaries has to operate in this paradigm. 

Transforming what are traditionally called “personal boundaries” to what this presentation calls Authentic Limits invites us to adopt a consciousness that is unwaveringly committed to our values while also remaining in service of the interdependent nature of our relationships.

language of the talk: English

6:35 pm

Psychedelics in the treatment of psychiatric disorders

Jiri Horacek

neuroscientist, psychiatrist and psychotherapist

Psychedelics are a group of psychotropic substances that induce characteristic and transient changes in mental function. In the last two decades, new evidence has emerged that supports the therapeutic use of psychedelics for depression, existential distress and other conditions.  Where is current research heading and what are the prospects for psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy?

language of the lecture: Czech

Thursday November 3rd

1:10 pm

Even professional athletes take breaks to rest. Why don't you?

Andrea Zmelikova
mental trainer and coach

Recovery is an essential part of any sports training. It is an investment in future performance - not a slowdown, stagnation or wasted time. As a mental trainer and coach of professional athletes, Andrea will introduce her perspective on recovery as well as the way she works with it.

That being said, sports are not going to be the only focus of the speech. Andrea's frequent clients are also top-level executives. She helps them create a mindset that leads to a successful career as well as to cultivating the ability to deal with failures. Such situations are viewed as important lessons that empower you without affecting your inner stability.  Get inspired by the world of elite athletes and neuroscience.

language of the lecture: Czech

2:10 pm

Mental resilience: the art of experiencing unpleasantness

Zuzana Hanáková
Lecturer, coach and psychotherapist

We sometimes mistakenly think of mental resilience as a shield through which nothing can hurt or harm us. We wish to be calm, composed, fearless and able to rise up when we are worried, stressed, scared or nervous. We wish to be unaffected by difficult situations in life and to sail through them without unpleasant emotions. In this lecture, we will discuss psychological resilience as a source of equanimity and inner strength that helps us cope with life as it is. You may be surprised to find that resilience is not found outside, but within. And that it comes hand in hand with the ability to not react and to acknowledge what is really happening. Not with more activity and a desire for change.

language of the lecture: Czech 

3:10 pm

Fears of the future: to face them or embrace them?

Piotr Wardecki

Economic and energy crisis. War conflict. The ever-present pandemic. On top of that, life itself, with all that goes with it. The current situation is testing our psychological resilience in a big way. How do we withstand constraints beyond our control? How do we behave and make decisions when we don't know what will happen and how it will affect us? In this talk, we will discuss how to find faith in ourselves, why it is important to have (or create) hope, and how not to be overwhelmed even when we are affected by events beyond our control.  

language of the lecture: Czech

4:20 pm

How to Communicate Your Limits with Ease, Grace, and No Negative Impact on Your Reputation (EN)

Even the best of us hit their limits from time to time. In fact, wisdom is said to be the ability to master our energy by honoring our limits and turning them into sources of inspiration and future innovation. And yet, we can often feel embarrassed by our own limitations. How can we tell our boss that too much is too much? How to inform our team members, our clients, our business partners, and the world that we need a break and a change? How to come out of a boundary-setting dialogue with a key stakeholder refreshed and with an undamaged reputation? Join us for an essential talk on an essential topic: our boundaries, communicated with courage and love, so we can continue serving the world around us.  

language of the talk: English

5:20 pm

Myths and the mundanity of psychotherapy

Milan Pavlicek

How psycho or nuts do I have to be to go to therapy? How is talking to a therapist different from talking to friends over coffee? Why and how does therapy work? Taking care of the soul, or (if you prefer) the psyche or a balanced mind, is a daily routine. In this talk, we will discuss how therapy helps people without serious mental illnesses and how a therapist can help you to be your better self. 

language of the talk: Czech