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Tackling Academic Mental Health

Updated: Jan 27, 2022

This week we are super excited to have Zoë Ayres, PhD as a guest on Grad Chat to talk about Tackling Academic Mental Health.

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Academic Mental Health Advocate, Zoë Ayres, PhD joined @NotesByNiba to chat about why academic mental health matters, her mental health journey and how her mental health posters started!

Who is Zoë Ayres, PhD?

Hi, I'm Zoë Ayres, I am a scientist and in my spare time I am also an advocate for #AcademicMentalHealth. During my PhD, I experienced mental health concerns for the first time. It was during this period I realised the stigma that still surrounds mental illness, the lack of awareness of issues that might affect mental health in academia, and the lack of tailored support for PhD students. I work to improve conversations and resources for grad students around mental health and amplify the voices of others to build a picture of managing mental illness in academia so that we can identify problems and work towards changing the research culture for better.

Where can you find her?

You can find her @ZJAyres on Twitter and on her website. You can also find more about Voices of Academia on Twitter @AcademicVoices.


Zoë’s episode is available on the PhD Balance YouTube and on all major streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Overcast & Google Podcasts (And more!) Just search "Grad Chat" on your favourite podcast streaming app! Don’t forget to subscribe for notifications about new episodes!


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