BBSTEM mental health workshop for Black STEM researchers

18.30, Monday 08 June 2020

We are pleased to announce that we are supporting BBSTEM to host a mental health virtual workshop for Black STEM Researchers.

BBSTEM say: "In 2017/18 only 7.3% of people who started a postgraduate degree were from a black background. We know from other studies feelings of imposter syndrome is rife. We are holding a workshop shortly after Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May) which is focused on maintaining great mental health in situations where imposter syndrome is prominent and how mental health links to productivity.

"The workshop will be facilitated by Celutions UK, a social enterprise dedicated to creating solutions to the problems surrounding mental health. The interactive virtual workshop will include:

  • Introduction - What is mental health?
  • Understanding stress and anxiety
  • Imposter’s syndrome and how to tackle it
  • Challenging unhelpful thoughts
  • Building confidence to start well in your research career
  • How to increase productivity
  • Tips to look after yourself

Eligibility to attend

  • African or Caribbean heritage
  • Masters Student (Postgraduate), PhD researcher or Post-Doctoral researcher
  • Working or studying at a UK institution
  • Currently residing in the UK
  • This event is free to attend.

Registration link:

"The workshop will run on 6.30-8.00pm Monday 8 June and 6.30-8.00pm Wednesday 10 June. There are two sessions available: please only select one. Spaces at this event are limited to 30, first come first served. We ask that on the registration page, you submit a 100 word paragraph about the main challenges you face as a Black researcher in your environment and how you think your institutions can support you. If you have registered but are unable to attend, please cancel your ticket through Eventbrite and email We will have a waiting list available for those who are unable to register and will inform you with good notice if we are able to offer you a space. As a confirmation of your space, we will email you the details of the Zoom room along with the password."

The Academy is supporting this workshop in order to support more Black individuals in STEM by gaining a better understanding of how existing networks for Black researchers operate, strengthening these networks and talking with people already working in this area. 

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