Wellbeing and mental health

Focus-on…

Focus-on…

There are lots of useful resources relating to wellbeing and mental health to draw on from our Focus-on themes and from our podcasts with Taylor & Francis, including:

Focus-on work life balance and well-being

Mentoring and coaching for researchers

Inclusive Research Environment

Realising your potential

Staff supporting researchers with an interest in mental health and well-being Vitaehangout

Coping with stress and anxiety: Health and wellbeing for researchers: google Hangout for researchers

Podcasts The ‘overcoming impostor syndrome’ and the ‘unspoken challenges of research life’ are particularly relevant

What can institutions do?

What can institutions do?

The ‘Exploring wellbeing and mental health and associate support services for postgraduate researchers’ report recommends institutions to:

  • Have a researcher wellbeing and mental health strategy
  • Invest in wellbeing and mental health support and resources targeted to specific research career stages
  • Integrate wellbeing and mental health support into researcher development
  • Support both parties to manage the supervisory relationship
  • Provide mental health literacy training to all
  • Ensure researchers know when and where to ask for help and feel safe doing so
  • Provide targeted support to at-risk populations
  • Support all those who are engaged in research, not just those employed on research contracts
  • Monitor researcher wellbeing and mental health and evaluate progress
Opportunities for Researcher Developers to engage

Opportunities for Researcher Developers to engage

Look out for the consultation and sector activities following the independent review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. This is an opportunity to reflect on how the research culture is impacting on the wellbeing and mental health of research staff, and the role of the Concordat in affecting positive change.

Consider joining the Vitae Wellbeing and Mental Health Working Group to help guide us in our ongoing advocacy for the wellbeing of all research professionals.

Share practice and ideas via the Vitae Researcher Wellbeing community

Universities UK (UUK) Framework for Mental Health: a whole university approach

Universities UK (UUK) Framework for Mental Health: a whole university approach

Consult the Universities UK (UUK) Framework for Mental Health, a validated good practice exchange platform presenting a whole university approach to help institutions share learning and good practice across projects within the sector.

PGR Catalyst Fund projects

PGR Catalyst Fund projects

A total of 17 institutional projects are being funded by the Office for Students/Research England through the Catalyst Fund and we are delighted that some of these have been showcased at out Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2018.

Look out for the link to the project posters here after the conference.