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PhD Wellbeing

Wellbeing during your PhD

A PhD is challenging and it is important that you look after your whole self; and this includes your wellbeing too.

On this page you will find resources which will help you think about how you look after yourself ( or your colleagues); understand that some of what you are feeling is very common (academic imposter syndrome is very common amongst many of us); and some hints for dealing with practical challenges such as procrastination or writers block.

These resources are not a replacement for speaking to a professional or seeking professional help.

Please check the Wellbeing Services resource page to see how you can access more support and guidance


If you are concerned about someone's wellbeing or mental health and are on campus and require out of hours emergency help contact Community Safety on 024 7652 2222 or read Wellbeing's emergency contact information

If you are off campus then call the Emergency services on 999

Helping students in distress (Researcher Development Guide)

Wellbeing sessions from the RDO this Spring 2024

The new spring programme of support from our own Mental Health specialist and RD Facilitator ( and also Warwick PhD alumni) , Frane Vusio, is here and open for booking from 22nd January. Do remember to check out all of the resources here if you need support now.

You can book on a PhD Wellbeing Session by completing an expression of interest form ( or by using SkillsForge If you use the expression of interest form you would not receive SF credits for your attendance but may give you the privacy you would prefer.

08/02/2024 17.00-18.30 How to Deal with Low Mood
14/02/2024 17.00-18.30 How to prevent burnout during your PhD
22/02/2024 17.00-18.30 How to Deal with Stress
29/02/2024 11.00-12.30 Dealing with Impostor Syndrome
06/03/2024 17.00-18.30 Facing your Fears in Academia
13/03/2024 17.00-18.30

What Resilience means for Researchers

20/03/2024 17.00-18.30 How to Have Difficult Conversations
25/03/2024 14.00-15.30 Dealing with Transitions

Take 5 for Wellbeing

6 x 90 second videos to help you #TakeBreaks #MakeBreakthroughs

Take 5 video 1: Connect

Take 5 video 2: Be Active

Take 5 video 3: Take Notice

Take 5 video 4: Keep Learning

Take 5 video 5: Give

Take 5 video 6 : Remember to recharge


A workbook from which discusses 'what is stress', identifying symptoms, and then strategies for coping strategies, overcoming barriers and much more

Managing Stress- a self help guide

Problem Solving

Problems to Solutions

Managing your worries

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