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PhD Graduate School of Archaeology

Mental Fitness and University Doctor

Fitness is more than physical health alone. An equally important aspect in our general well-being is mental fitness. Mental fitness refers to fitness of the mind. During the course of your PhD research, there might be periods in which you feel insecure or down. It is important to take good care of yourself. Don’t wait with taking action or asking for help. The most common problem areas PhD students face are listed below, as well as how one can begin to fix these problems.

Are you harassed at work?

Unfortunately, harassment or bullying are common within organisations, including universities. Harassment comprises humiliating, intimidating and threatening behaviour. This has serious consequences, both for the health of the victim, and for the co-workers who are witness to this harassment. To find out what you can do, read the Harassment at work brochure. You can also contact the Confidential Adviser on Undesirable Behaviour in cases of (sexual) intimidation, aggression, violence and discrimination. Together with the adviser, you can look into possible solutions to the problem in an atmosphere of absolute confidentially. One option is to submit a complaint to the special complaints committee set up for this purpose.

Are you stressed or at risk of a burn-out?

If you feel stressed or at risk of a burn-out, please contact the University doctor. More information about what you can do in the case of difficulties can be found on the mental fitness website.

Caring Universities

Leiden University takes part in an initiative called Caring Universities. Caring Universities offers free online programmes to improve your mental well-being

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