It is only by understanding the mental health landscape in academia that we can start to work towards the cultural change needed to ensure that academia is inclusive for all. I deliver a range of talks, take part in panels and workshops in my time outside of the lab. 

 

Interested in me speaking at your event? Please contact me for more information. 

Below are a few themes I speak regularly on:

  • Mental Health During your PhD

  • Navigating STEM and Mental Illness

  • Improving Academic Mental Health support

  • The academic mental health landscape: From PhD to Professor

 Zoë recently gave a talk about mental health during the PhD to our PGR students in the College of Medical and Dental sciences at the university of Birmingham. The talk was outstanding.  Zoë was clear and honest. The students appreciated her telling it like it is and describing the issues of mental health during PGR study so well. Importantly, Zoë offered practical advice on positive action the students could take to look after themselves and gain help if they were struggling. The feedback from the talk from the students has been 100% positive and we would love to have Zoë come back to speak again.
- Dr Jessica M.A. Blair, Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham

The last year has been an exceptionally challenging for our PhD students, who have struggled to continue their research and education all while battling total isolation. This undoubtedly placed huge burdens on their mental health, with depression and anxiety levels increasing. When organising our PhD Colloquium, we wanted to confront this head on and not only bring the students together in person for the first time in a year, but to encourage them to talk about their struggles. I had followed Zoë’s work on twitter for a while personally and I knew she would provide some thoughtful insight to our student community. Despite the strange hybrid nature of our conference setup, where Zoë was unable to see the audience, she delivered a very engaging and thought-provoking talk. The audience, students and supervisors alike were stirred by the topics discussed and the fruitful discussions stimulated at the event have continued within the Bragg Centre. Mental health advocacy is now high on the Centre’s agenda, where we are continuing to facilitate workshops in partnership with the University counselling services which are targeted at both students and supervisors, and which explore ways to recognise and support people students (and other people) who are struggling with their mental health. Zoë’s contribution opened the doorway and revealed that there were many people who wanted to discuss these ideas but didn’t know where to turn. The Bragg Centre hopes to become a beacon of best practice in this area for the benefit of its members.”
- Dr Andrew Lee, Bragg Centre Manager, Bragg Centre for Materials Research, University of Leeds

Selected previous talks and panels include:

  • "Kindness - Building a better chemistry culture" -  Royal Society of Chemistry Webinar - Invited Speaker (2020)

  • "Postgraduate Mental Health: A conversation (I wish I could have) with my younger self" - NEPG - Keynote Speaker (2020)

  • In the spotlight: PhD Mental Health" - CACTUS Global - Panellist and Moderator (2020)

  • "Improving Academic Mental Health: Resources and Initiatives" - AWIS Bethesda -  Invited Speaker and Panellist (2020)

  • "Early Career Researcher Mental Health" - SEPnet Diversity Conference - Invited Speaker (2020)

  • "Protecting your mental health during your PhD (and beyond)" - University of Southampton, - Invited Speaker (2020)

  • "Changing the Culture of Chemistry: Mental health in the lab" - American Chemical Society - Invited Speaker (2021)

  • "Managing Burnout" - Dragonfly Mental Health - Invited Speaker (2021)

Mental Health Talks, Panels & Workshops

 
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I have written several articles and opinion pieces on mental health provision in academia and as a scientist, as well as appearing on several STEM popular podcasts.

These articles include:

Podcasts include:

Opinion Articles & Podcasts

 

I create posters to increase the awareness around mental health in academia. ​They are all free to use and distribute. Find them all here.

Posters

Campaigns

I have ​run several campaigns to raise awareness about mental health in academia. This includes the
#100 voices project. where 100 researchers came forward to bravely talk about their own mental health and help break the stigma.

I also run the ongoing Academic Mental Health Landscape Project, designed to give a voice to those that feel that they cannot speak openly about mental health due to the stigma that still exists and fear of possible repercussions. 

I recently teamed up with Science On A Postcard, an independent business designed to smash science stereotypes, founded by Heidi Gardner. Heidi and I worked together to create the Science on a Postcard mental health collection, designed to break the stigma around mental health by sparking conversation.  £ of all sales go to Dragonfly Mental Health, a non-profit charity working towards improving academic mental health worldwide.

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Thankfully, it is not just me advocating for improving academic mental health support and provision. There are a whole host of amazing communities out there. Here are a few that I think are making waves in this space.​ If you would like to collaborate with me please get in touch!

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Causes I support & Collaborations