We are Michaela Brock, Thomas Fornefeld & Simone Lange - long-time employees of Paderborn University. After two years of further education by the LWL Prevention Service, Gütersloh, in the fields of addiction and psyche, we are now certified and - since the end of March 2022 - appointed as honorary "company contact persons for prevention of addiction (BAP)" at Paderborn University. We would like to offer you - as our colleagues - support and assistance around the topic of mental health, prevention to avoid addiction disorders and related psychological stress.

Petra Meyenbrock, the contact person for addiction risks, who has been active for years, also belongs to the team of company contact persons.


We ensure that all university employees are provided with access to a contact centre for mental health, difficulties and crises - possibly associated with increased consumption or a dependence disease. As UPB colleagues, we would like to offer you support and assistance around the topic of mental health (issues), addiction diseases and associated psychological stress. We provide assistance in situations where you may require help, as well as in situations where you may need to assist your colleagues, relatives, or friends.

Together we focus on your concerns, take a closer look at your needs and support you on your way.

We are not bound by directives and work free of instructionstreat your concerns confidentially and are subject to professional secrecy.

We are also available to help you with seemingly minor problems.

Contact us - because the sooner a problem is addressed, the easier it can often be solved!

Our work as­sign­ment

What we would like to offer you:

- Confidential individual conversations
- Advice and support in difficult situations or crises
- Preventive counseling
- Professional and concrete assistance with concerns about increased or uncontrolled
  consumption of various addictive substances
- Support for employees who live or work as relatives or colleagues in the environment
  of a person suffering from addiction
- Help in dealing with stressful situations
- Raising awareness among supervisors on the subject of addiction and providing
  concrete assistance
- Possibility of conflict counseling in connection with addiction risks

We work in a network with external counseling facilities and self-help groups. Together with you, we will find further help and accompany you on your way.

Everything at a glance

This is us

We are Michaela Brock, Thomas Fornefeld, Simone Lange & Petra Meyenbrock - long-time employees of Paderborn University.

We offer you, as our colleagues, support and assistance around the topic of addiction and related mental stress.

Ad­dic­tion - A defin­i­tion

Addiction occurs when you repeat a certain, harmful behaviour and become accustomed to using it as a clear way to avoid certain negative emotions.

Fur­ther con­tacts & emer­gency num­bers

Acute (life-threatening) emergency situations: emergency call 112

Acute conflict escalations: emergency call 110

LWL Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics Paderborn, in emergencies a doctor is available around the clock; Contact via the clinic gate.

Act­ive lunch break

Dear employees and students of Paderborn University,

A bit of exercise in the fresh air at lunchtime keeps you fit, even after the working day is over. In addition to relaxation exercises, we do targeted strengthening exercises that stimulate blood circulation and relieve everyday tension.

Meeting points: Audimax, Wednesdays, 1.30 p.m.



Sporting activities and personal relationships can help improve a person’s mental health. In our role as the university’s prevention liaison, we would like to bring together interested employees of Paderborn University who practice the same or similar sporting activities and would like to do so together with others.

News & Events

On this site we inform you regularly about internal and external events to which we cordially invite you.

Ser­vice agree­ment (Di­en­stver­ein­bar­ung)

The basis of our work is the “service agreement for the prevention of risky use of addictive substances, dealing with anomalies and help in the event of a risk of addiction” (just German version available). A procedure or guideline that is comprehensible for everyone regarding the handling of addiction problems is defined here.