Mind your Head: mental health and the academic working environment


An increasing number of publications report that many people working in academia experience mental health issues. Factors like job insecurity, limited amount of time, expectations, poor management and dealing with papers or proposal rejections often cause high stress levels and can lead to mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety or emotional exhaustion. Following the EGU blog series and short course ‘Mind your Head’ in 2019-2021, and the successful ECS Great Debate at the General Assembly in 2019, we aim to continue the dialogue and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.
In this short course, we would like to focus on the causes, consequences and provide some coping tools. We invite panelists to share their professional or personal experience. Afterwards we aim to actively engage the audience to discuss how to take control of their mental wellbeing and prioritise it in the current academic environment. We invite people from all career stages and disciplines to come and join us for this short course.

Convener: Anita Di Chiara | Co-conveners: Andrea Regina BiedermannECSECS, Rebekka Steffen, Selina Kiefer
Tue, 24 May, 08:30–10:00 (CEST)
Room -2.85/86

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