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Mental Health in Academia

How can the scientific community support researchers with mental health issues?
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Concerns about mental health in the research community have been growing in recent years. This series of articles explores avenues for change and gives a voice to those on the front lines such as PIs, early-career researchers and non-academic staff.

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  1. Mental Health in Academia: Shedding light on those who provide support

    Elsa Loissel
    An eLife survey explores the experiences of those in the research community who support colleagues struggling with their mental health.
  2. Mental Health in Academia: A question of support

    Elsa Loissel
    Who helps junior researchers that go through difficult times?
  3. A scientist in a lab. Image credit: Public domain

    Mental Health in Academia: “No one likes to see friends suffering”

    A postdoctoral researcher discusses how past experiences shaped the daily support they provide in the lab.
  4. A group of people standing together. Image credit: Public domain

    Mental Health in Academia: “I'm sure that sometimes I miss the signs”

    A lab manager discusses how to support lab members, especially during fieldwork.
  5. Kate Jones and Maizy Jenner. Image credit: Kate Jones

    Mental Health in Academia: The unseen role of technicians

    Both undergraduate and postgraduate students with mental health issues often turn to technicians for wellbeing support.
  6. Mental Health in Academia: Get online to support wellbeing of graduate students

    Liesl A Krause, Susanna L Harris
    Universities should use online resources to help graduate students who are struggling with their mental health to access appropriate support.
  7. Mental Health in Academia: What about faculty?

    Hilal A Lashuel
    After two heart attacks in three years, an associate professor discusses the challenges of faculty life.
  8. Photograph of Wendy Marie Ingram

    Mental Health in Academia: How to enact change

    Postdoctoral fellow and activist Wendy Marie Ingram explains how she trains, educates and works with students and faculty to improve academic mental health.
  9. COVID-19 and the Research Community: The challenges of lockdown for early-career researchers

    Nicola Byrom
    Thousands of UK doctoral students and early-career researchers shared the repercussions of lockdown on their work and wellbeing.
  10. COVID-19 and the Research Community: Being vulnerable

    Jasper Elan Hunt
    Early-career researchers feel discouraged from exposing vulnerability even during a global crisis.
  11. Mental Health in Academia: A survey of individuals who support researchers

    An eLife survey sheds light on the experiences of those in the academic community who help researchers struggling with their mental health.

Contributors

  1. Elsa Loissel
    Associate Features Editor
  2. Deathridge, Julia
    Julia Deathridge
    Assistant Features Editor
  3. Stuart R F King
    Associate Features Editor
  4. Helena
    Helena Pérez Valle
    Assistant Features Editor
  5. Peter A Rodgers
    Features Editor, eLife, United Kingdom