As academics and researchers, we operate in a high-octane, i.e. high-paced working environment. It is therefore likely to overwork ourselves and experience levels of overwhelm and even run into mental health issues that make it difficult to keep pace with the workload.

It is therefore important to develop strategies to make room and time for relaxation, physical exercise, recovery breaks, and holidays so that we can maintain a healthy and functional state of mind.

Below are a few resources that may serve as access points should you need assistance or if you want to learn more about how best to support colleagues, friends, and family members who seem to be struggling in the academic working environment.

ReMO COST Action CA19117: “Researcher Mental Health”
The ReMO COST Action focuses on wellbeing and mental health within academia, a theme of strategic importance for the European Research Area. Previous research shows that low levels of wellbeing and mental health problems have a negative impact on individual, team and organizational performance, triggering significant costs. In addition, institutional context, organizational structure and culture, as well as managerial practices have significant impact on wellbeing and health of employees. Therefore, general insights on the causes of workplace wellbeing and mental health need to be refined with contextual specifics (i.e. in academia) in order to develop tailored, effective and efficient prevention and action programs.


Dragonfly Mental Health is a globally operating non-profit organization, formed by academics for academics. Made up of a wide range of scientists, researchers, students and faculty from all over the world, we have come to realize how common our struggles are in the academic environment and that aspects of academia itself unnecessarily contribute to and sustain unhealthy conditions. dragonflymentalhealth.org

Mental Health First Aid® (MHFA™) courses are a suite of internationally acclaimed and evidence-based, accredited training programs that empower and equip individuals with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to support a friend, family member or co-worker experiencing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis such as being suicidal; mhfainternational.org

References

Levecque, K., Anseel, F., de Beuckelaer, A., van der Heyden, J., & Gisle, L. (2017). Work organization and mental health problems in PhD students. Research Policy, 46(4), 868– 879. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2017.02.008

Find more research on Mental Health in Academia in the ReMO Zotero library: /2521493/researcher_mental_health/library

IASC Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings

Blog posts and podcast episodes with a focus on Mental Health and Wellbeing

A series of guided meditation sessions by Jon Tennant.

This playlist comprises a number of simple meditations to help introduce anyone to the general practice. They are freely available, and the source files and scripts also available online for free for anyone to edit and re-use as they wish: https://github.com/Protohedgehog/medi…
There should not be a cost associated with developing a healthier mind. They are also available on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/jon-tennant/se…
Higher quality versions are available for free on the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/beginners…
The source files can be edited using Audacity, which is free and open source: https://www.audacityteam.org/
Artwork by Heidi Arnhold, for Green Tea and Velociraptors blog.
Music samples: This Will Destroy You – They Move on Tracks of Never-Ending Light The Elegance of Pachelbel – Serenada Pachelbel Kanon KOAN Sound and Asa – Starlite.

Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings
Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings  in various languages (2007)

Mental health helplines and support services:
– Ukraine, Онлайн-консультации Teenergizer, teenergizer.org/consultations
– Lifeline Ukraine, Лінія запобігання самогубствам, lifelineukraine.com, ✆ 7333

Mental Health Europe
– mhe-sme.org/library/helplines/ (scroll down for detailed information by country)
>> mhe-sme.org/what-we-do/ukraine/ 

Psychosocial Centre working under the framework of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC); pscentre.org/ // pscentre.org/resource-category/emergencies/ukraine-response/
The PS Centre has produced a video in Ukrainian introducing the principles of Psychological First Aid, also known as PFA: https://pscentre.org/video-lets-talk-about-psychological-first-aid-in-ukrainian/ 

MitOst contacts for mental support – counselling by licensed therapists, psychologists, and volunteers in various countries: mitost.org/ukraine/mental-support/ 

Disaster Ready; Free Mental Health Resources for Ukraine Response
– Youtube playlists: https://www.youtube.com/user/disasterready1/playlists