The Pause
Performance for the Mind

We’re here to give confidence. Because, if people had more courage than fear, the world would be a better place. But sometimes it’s not fear, that holds us back from taking the next step – it’s a bad mood, a dull state of mind, a lack of recognition or the feeling of not being good enough. 

What we need is a conversation about this topic, to fight the stigma and provide security. But also access, support, and resources to help people enhance their mental health. And give them confidence for what lies ahead.

We got behind the Olympic & Paralympic Movements to inspire the world with confidence. We accompany people taking the next step and learn how to enforce mental health. And we chose not to portray another athlete, but the people behind the spotlight. The ones, that help them face their fears, their bad moods, dull moments and doubts: The mental coaches.

We asked them to tell us their stories, to share their view on mental health, and to provide us with some advice for our daily lives.

So lean back – and click play!
Episode 1
Mareike Dottschadis is fascinated with improving people’s mental and physical performance. And then allowing them to fail, to have negative emotions. We discover resilience when we realize the value that lies in pausing and taking a step back.

04:22 min..
Portrait of Mareike Dottschadis

About Mareike Dottschadis:

After spontaneously running the Berlin Marathon, Mareike became involved with competitive long-distance running, graduated with a M.Sc. Sport Psychology and began her career as a sports psychology coach.

She is now working at the Olympic Training Centre Brandenburg and is coaching German and US athletes for upcoming competitions and challenges.

Her goal is to empower people to find their own solutions along their individual journey. In her work she notices again and again that high-performing athletes essentially face similar challenges to everybody else – but what makes them successful are the strategies they use and internalize through constant practice.

Episode 2
Niall Breslin is most passionate about the connection between mindfulness and music therapy. He teaches athletes to be fully present when performing – all with simple tricks and the help of music.

04:43 min.
Portrait of Niall Breslin

About Niall Breslin:

Drawing from his experience as a touring musician, former professional rugby and football player and as an academic Niall is known for his expert knowledge and bona-fide authenticity. Now he’s one of Ireland's most prominent mental health advocates and has helped to pioneer a transformation in its public perception. He also found success as the voice of Spotify’s brand new mindfulness podcast series, as well as author of an award-winning book and producer of several documentaries about mental health.

He sure is a key figure in the evolving conversation around mental health.

Episode 3
Alain Goudsmet defines not only positive goals like gold medals, but also identifies negative goals. It’s all about connecting and disconnecting. People are over-connected and always busy. But "busy is the new stupid".

04:54 min.
Portrait of Alain Goudsmet

About Alain Goudsmet:

For more than 20 years Alain has coached top performers on the right way to find and keep energized in high-pressure situations. From the athletic playing field to the corporate office, he has accompanied teams and individuals, like the Belgian national hockey teams on their journey in Beijing and London to global companies to perform with peak mental fitness. Alain has founded the Mentally Fit Institute to bring scientists and specialists together in releasing the energetic potential of human beings.

The secret sauce? Alain is teaching people how to disconnect and reconnect – and this couldn’t be more relevant in times like these. 

With one in four adults suffering from mental health disorders, mental health is a major challenge facing our customers, employees and society as a whole. As a result of the pandemic and the added stress and isolation that have accompanied it, the number of people managing mental health concerns has grown significantly in the past year.

Allianz believes that by feeling strong and good about ourselves, we can take on more in life and feel confident for what lies ahead of us. In an ever more complex world, our mental health is the very foundation for growth and security. Allianz aims to bring peace of mind by providing our customers and employees with resources, access and support to help enhance their mental health.

Across the world, Allianz is committed to expanding mental health support to our customers, employees and society with resources, access and support to help enhance their mental health. 

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Allianz Care
Customers can access multilingual and confidential support for e.g., mental and emotional well-being through the Expat Assistance Program.
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Allianz customers can access individual, high-quality consultation for psychological concerns (e.g. burnout or depression).
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Allianz customers can gain new strength in 4 free psychological online consultations per year with our partner
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Allianz customers can access the telemedicine platform “Healthy Living Talk” including mental health consultation.
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BurnoutAdvisor via webapp which aims to identify the warning signs of burnout or even depression and provide guidance on what actions to take – in cooperation with the start-up Kelindi.

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In 2019 Allianz employees have selected Mind, the leading mental health charity and their sister charity SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), as their charity partner and have set themselves the ambitious target of raising £1 million.
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Allianz is providing free, confidential counselling support to customers and their immediate families affected by the bushfires in Australia. Calls are handled by Assure Programs and bookings can be made 24/7.
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‘Allianz for resilient community’ series of webinars held by well-known experts and focus on elements of emotional, mental and physical health accessible for everyone.