Mental health during PhD and after

Katja Lubina (Leiden)

t's important to acknowledge the importance of your own well-being. This is often neglected while being in the PhD loop: conducting experiments in the lab, attending weekly meetings, obtaining and analysing data, preparing presentations, writing papers, writing the thesis, the fear of not being good enough and so forth. There is great uncertainty and many PhD Candidates feel unsupported, isolated and stressed out. Self-sabotaging thought

processes, poor coping strategies, and little work-life balance render these high-achieving individuals susceptible to burnout and a raft of mental health issues.
The latest survey by the journal Nature in 2019 revealed that no less than 36% of PhD Candidates had sought help for anxiety or depression related to their PhD. That response echoes other investigations into the mental-health status of students. Thus, it becomes more important than ever to take care of ourselves during this busy time.

In this workshop we look at how stress arises and how you can recognize its symptoms. We map out what you can do to deal with it. What is relaxing for you? How do you ensure that you practice healthy habits (more)? A post-doc will share her [?] experience on how to cope with the constant pressure.

Aims and objectives:

  • You will understand why PhD Candidates are more vulnerable than other young starting professionals in terms of mental health

  • You will learn about habits to keep you happy and healthy

  • You will learn what to do when feeling overwhelmed and depressed


This course is open for all students and will be offered via Zoom.  For registration please write an email to:

16th July 2020

9:30 to 11:00 CEST/UTC+2

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska Curie grant agreement No 765556.

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