Researcher Mental Health and Well-being Manifesto

The Researcher Mental Health and Well-being Manifesto calls on stakeholders in the research ecosystem to develop policies to monitor, improve, and maintain well-being and mental health in research environments. The manifesto was authored by Gábor Kismihók, Stéphanie Gauttier, PhD, Janet Metcalfe, Stefan Mol, Darragh McCashin, Jana Lasser, Murat Güneş, Mathias Schroijen, Martin Grund, Katia Levecque, Susan Guthrie, Katarzyna Wac, Jesper Dahlgaard, DR.Mohamad Nadim Adi, Christina Kling and Brian Cahill.

The Manifesto is available open access on Zenodo.

The ReMO COST Action involves a growing network of 240 stakeholders, who work together to identify which practices and actions are effective at creating research environments that foster mental health and well-being, reduce mental health stigma, and empower researchers when it comes to well-being in their workplace. In this Researcher Mental Health Manifesto, the ReMO COST Action’s call is presented to assess how the mental health and well-being of researchers can best be nourished and sustained through actions and initiatives at the policy, institutional, community and individual levels.

The Manifesto Launch was aimed at an audience of stakeholders that includes institutional leadership, policy makers, academics of all career stages, mental health practitioners, research career advisors and doctoral school directors. The Manifesto launch was kicked off by ReMO Action Chair, Dr. Gabor Kismihók, where he briefly explained how the process of the project came about. Dr. Janet Metcalfe, called for systemic change in European research environments in her insightful observations and commitment of her group members. Dr. Stefan Mol, emphasized on improved Well-Being Practices in Research Institutions and their possible impact. Dr. Darragh McCashin, insisted on promoting researcher well-being on a practical level. Videos of the contributions to the Manifesto Launch can be viewed below.

ReMO COST Action Chair, Gábor Kismihók, addresses the mental health crisis among researchers

ReMO Manifesto: Janet Metcalfe calls for systemic change in European research environments

ReMO Manifesto: Stefan Mol calls for improved Well-Being Practices in Research Institutions

Darragh McCashin: ReMO Manifesto calls for promoting researcher well-being on a practical level

Stéphanie Gauttier sums up the Researcher Mental Health and Well-being Manifesto

Translations of the Researcher Mental Health and Well-being Manifesto

The Researcher Mental Health and Well-being Manifesto has been translated into many languages in order to more effectively raise awareness of mental health in academia in many countries:

Language Translators Link
Albanian Ornela Bardhi; Melina Kello; Hyrije Bardhi


Mohamad Nadim ADI; Mais M. ALJUNAIDY
Bulgarian Svetlana Dimitrova; Stefan Spiridonov
Catalan Elena Redondo Castro
French Ariel Frajerman; Mathieu Fusi; Aura Fossati
Greek Adrian Stavrakis
Hungarian Vita Emese; Rusu Szidónia; Ugrin Zsuzsanna; Kovács Karolina Eszter; Solymosi Katalin; Gábor Kismihók;
Italian Maddalena Fumagalli; Cristina Miceli; Anna Maria Eleuteri; Aura Fossati
Portuguese Carolina Oliveira Borges; Inês Gaspar; Francisco Valente Gonçalves
Romanian Claudia I Iacob; Cristina S. Trofin
Russian Levchenko, Serhii
Serbian Ivana B. Petrović, Milica Vukelić, Selma Talić Pantelić, Dubravka Vlahović, Milena Ratković-Fehilly, Radenka Krsmanović Whiffen, and Miroslav Trajanovići
Slovenian Mateja Erce
Spanish Luisa F. Echeverría King; Fernando G. Benavides; Elena Ronda; Antonio Ariza-Montes; Horacio Molina-Sánchez
Turkish Mete Kurtoglu; Gökçe Gökalp; Dilara Özel; Merve Dökmeci
Ukrainian Levchenko, Serhii


The ReMO COST Action on Researcher Mental Health is funded by the COST Association with support from the Horizon Europe Framework Programme of the EU under the project number CA19117.

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation.