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Is it just me? Discussing mental health and the PhD experience

This event aims to raise awareness of mental health issues among PhD students through talks by invited speakers and discussion with audience members. Attendance is open to everyone.

This event kicks off a month of workshops, events and activities that focus on the wellbeing of PGRs. The Researcher Development programme and the GradFest will both have a focus on wellbeing, and Student Health is offering two weeks of free wellbeing workshops and activities that will encourage PhD students to look after their wellbeing across the 5 dimensions of wellness.

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30 January 2019, 16:00 – 20:00

Mason Lecture Theatre
Bancroft Building (no. 31 on the map)
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS

Twitter: @IsitjustmeQMUL #isitjustme


16:00 – 17:00 Talks by invited speakers
17:00 – 18:00 Panel discussion
18:00 – 20:00 Reception

The audience will actively participate in the discussion through the app and will be able to ask questions anonymously.

Talks and invited speakers

Please click on each title to view the full abstract and a biography:


Dr Heidrun Bien, Centre for Psychiatry, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, QMUL


Matthew Hunt (LISS-DTP PhD student)
Louis Strange (LISS-DTP PhD student)
Dr Magda Chanopoulou (Head of Student Life, Project Manager: Supporting PGR mental health and wellbeing)
Dr Fryni Panayidou (Researcher Development Adviser – PGRs)

For further details or questions about the event, please contact Matthew or Fryni.


This event is funded by:

  • the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP), and
  • the Queen Mary University of London project ‘Supporting PGR mental health and wellbeing’, which is co-funded by the Office for Students and Research England Catalyst Fund: supporting mental health and wellbeing for postgraduate research students.


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