This project was designed to capture some of the key stressors that may add additional strain throughout the academic journey, which could ultimately lead to mental health concerns. The posters aim to create awareness of these issues and presents an opportunity to discuss them in more detail. All these posters are free to use and distribute. You can download the full set of posters or alternatively download individual posters below.

I am not a medical professional, or psychologist - I am a research scientist with lived experience of the mental health pressures in academia. I make these resources for awareness and they are designed to be for guidance only.

Undergraduate Mental Health

Masters Mental Health

  • Discusses key mental health stressors undergraduates may face during their studies.

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  • Discusses key mental health stressors masters students may face during their studies.

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PhD researcher Mental Health

  • Discusses key mental health stressors PhD students may face during their studies.

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Academic Mental Health

Postdoctoral Mental Health

  • Discusses key mental health stressors postdocs may face during their career.

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Technician Mental Health

  • Discusses key mental health stressors academic staff may face during their career.

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  • Discusses key mental health stressors technical staff may face during their career.

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Academic Mental Health Series

Originally submitted as an entry for #RSCPoster, & with over half a million impressions, this poster explores "Mental Health During your PhD" to help break the stigma around graduate mental health.

This poster has been translated into a range of different languages including Chinese, French, Portuguese (PT/BR), Spanish and German. Thank you to everyone that volunteered to do these translations. If you see a language missing and you would like to help, please get in touch.

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Mental Health During your PhD

Managing mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic has been tough. This set of resources has been designed to discuss some of the key issues and challenges that scientists (and others) may be facing during this difficult time.

Mental Health During COVID-19

This poster is designed to provide guidance on uncertainty and lack of direction for scientists having to transition from working in the lab to working from home. 

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This poster looks at the emotional toll COVID-19 has had on many of us, explaining how we might feel, and exploring possible self-care strategies to navigate through.

Whilst many of us may have been actively managing our mental health up until the pandemic., the additional strain may have led to more concerns.

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This is a printable document, to help you put your experience and skillsets in perspective, to manage your  Impostor Syndrome. Struggling to fill it out? Ask your boss, a colleague. or a friend to fill it out instead!

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Feeling like we don't belong, that we might get "found out" or that we have somehow gamed the system can affect our mental health. This set of resources is designed to help combat the pesky thing that is Impostor Syndrome. 

This poster explores Impostor Syndrome during a PhD and how a PhD student might manage it. It further explores how peers, Principal Investigators and the Institution can help..

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Managing Impostor Syndrome

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