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We prepared the guides for researchers in the Berlin community, although these materials may also be valuable to those outside Berlin. Both guides provide practical suggestions on how to address pandemic-related issues that can negatively affect the mental health of early career researchers (ECRs).

Guide for Principle Investigators (PIs), supervisor and mentors

This guide is aimed at PIs and supervisors and may also be relevant for mentors. We believe that group leaders, while coping with pandemic-related stress themselves, play a key role in the challenging task of shaping mental health for their team. This guide provides suggestions for how PIs or supervisors can support ECRs in their team during the pandemic. To download the full guide, including supplementary materials, please follow this link. If you are interested in a specific topic, feel free to browse through our webpage.
If you would like to get in touch, please email us at ecr-event@charite.de

Why are we sharing these resources now?

Although vaccines and new testing strategies are promising, the pandemic situation remains unpredictable. Returning to “normal” will be challenging. With or without Covid-19, our guides aim to foster kindness and de-stigmatize mental health issues.

Why focus on Mental Health, and not “Mental Wellbeing”?

We want to help to de-stigmatize the term “mental health”. The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”.

Who are we?

The virtual brainstorming event and these guides were organized by members of the QUEST Center with mental health specialists and partners from advocacy groups. All event attendees contributed to the development of these resources.
If you would like to get in touch, please email us at ecr-event@charite.de.

For the full list of contributors follow the link.


All links to external webpages and/or resources within the guidelines are being provided for your convenience and for informational purposes; the BIH QUEST Center bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.

Advice for PIs and supervisors