Health Resources

Health is important

Your first priority should always be your own health, safety and well-being.

No project, paper, grant or collaboration exists that is more important than you.

In particular, time as a graduate students and as a postdoc is known to be a time that causes undue stress, resulting in consequences ranging from mild to extremely severe.

Quoting from the article Graduate School Can Have Terrible Effects on People's Mental Health:

The doctoral-degree experience often consists of intense labor expectations for little pay and a resulting lack of sleep and social life. In addition, there is the notorious hierarchy of academia, which often promotes power struggles and tribalism. … Graduate students are disproportionately likely to struggle with mental-health issues. The researchers surveyed roughly 500 economics Ph.D. candidates at eight elite universities, and found that 18 percent of them experienced moderate or severe symptoms of depression and anxiety. That's more than three times the national average, according to the study.

Campus Resources

The University of Liverpool has a number of resources that may be of assistance:

  • Student Services: General information and links to the different types of support offered to university students.
  • Mental Health Advisory Service: The service can help you settle into student life and offers advisory on mental health issues. If you feel concerned that you or someone you know may have more complex mental health needs, contact the Mental Health Advisory Service ( or 0151 794 3304).
  • Counselling Service: The University offers drop-in counselling sessions. This is not an emergency service. In the event of an emergency call 2222 (internal) or 999 (external).
  • Self-help Information: There is a lot of information on self-help with tips and information.

This manual is based on the excellent Lab Carpentry blueprints, with material adapted from the Data Intensive Biology Lab and the Data Exploration Lab.