According to some reports, a third of PhD students will face mental health issues, and academic staff report worse wellbeing than many other professions. In this episode we listen to academics, funders and publishers as they share their thoughts.
This episode shares informal conversations with the attendees of a recent workshop: “An open and frank discussion about mental health in an academic setting”, hosted by the UK Chapter for the Marie Curie Alumni Association.
This episode is not a complete discussion of mental health in academia. If you’re interested in learning more, here are links to both those featured, plus resources I’ve found useful.
Links to workshop speakers featured in the episode:
Dr Joanna Waldie, Research Fellow, University of Cambridge (read Joanna’s post “Opinion: how mental health problems can affect early-career researchers” on her personal experience)
Dr Ben Bleasdale, Policy Adviser, Wellcome Trust
Dr Judita Vivas, Actress/Physical Theatre Artist, Acting Now
Prof Dave Reay’s post: ‘I’d whisper to my student self: you are not alone’, a widely-shared and discussed personal story. See below for embedded video, where Dave talks about the reaction to this post.
Nature journal’s collection of commentary and articles on mental health in academia
Dr Sara Shinton’s blog post, which summarises the issues, advice for improving resilience, and links to other resources, including a useful slide deck of the issue, what the University of Edinburgh is doing, and suggestions on how to improve
Dr Mattias Bjornmälm’s blog post commenting on mental health in academia, plus providing links to further resources
Read RAND’s report ‘Understanding Mental Health in the Research Environment’
Advice and tips summarised by Dr Zoë Ayres on Twitter: