yDiv event series: Mental Well-being in Academia

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Location

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Maximum number of participants / Credit Points

Check the registration links at the single events below

Online

several dates in 2023

100/ n.a.


Working in academia as a high-stress environment can be a challenge for maintaining mental health. The aim of this event series is to raise awareness for mental health issues occurring in academia.


The power of saying no

17 February 2023, 10:30 - 12:00 am

Online via Zoom

Lecturer: Desiree Dickerson, PhD

Target group: Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers

When everything feels like an opportunity, a priority, or an obligation, how do we say no? The truth is we cannot start saying no until we get clear on why we keep saying yes to everything.

We explore:

  • why we tend to say yes (people-pleasing, scarcity and uncertainty, perceived opportunities, regret minimisation, emotion, obligation, the path of least resistance)
  • the impacts of saying yes to everything: time poverty, exhaustion, loss of self and loss of joy for what we do
  • why we need to start saying no
  • how to start saying no (clear boundaries and priorities, with confidence and without guilt)

Rethinking productivity

21 September 2023, 11:00 - 12:00 am

Online via Zoom

Lecturer: Desiree Dickerson, PhD

Target group: Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers

Learn to see productivity through a well-being lens. Learn how to structure your day in a way that aids your concentration and focus, rather than constantly detracting from it.

We discuss:

  • how to create a routine during times of constant change
  • learning to ride the productivity wave
  • creating a rhythm that works for you, rather than against you
  • navigating the balancing act of families and research
  • how to plan to be (realistically) productive
  • using breaks to optimise efficiency

How to support your colleagues

8 December 2023, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online via Zoom

Lecturer: Desiree Dickerson, PhD

Target group: Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers

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Lecturer

Desiree Dickerson, PhD

Desiree Dickerson is a clinical psychologist who specialises in the mental health and well-being of researchers and the academic community. Having worked as a researcher in New Zealand, Australia and Austria, Desiree now works globally with universities, lab groups, and academics in the pursuit of a healthier approach to research.

 

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