Addressing Mental Health for Early Career Professionals

Over the last couple of years, mental health has been elevated to the forefront of conversations in the workplace and is finally getting the recognition it deserves. As part of our #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek programme we’re delighted to share this webinar recorded by the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) on the 27th April.

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically worsened mental health status worldwide for many, and so we felt it important to discuss this important component to overall health with experts in industry and higher education given the members we serve globally.

With this in mind, ISPAH and ASPA early career networks (ECN’s) have come together to host a webinar aimed at supporting the mental health & wellbeing of early career professionals.

Our speakers are: Mr. Ben Higgs founder & CEO of the Rise Foundation & Dr. Catherine Draper from the University of Witwatersrand.


  1. Chair: Dr Gabriella Mcloughlin (Chair of the ECN)
  2. Mr. Ben Higgs (15 mins)
  3. Dr. Cathi Draper (15 mins)
  4. Interactive Q&A – 25 minutes

About the Speakers:

Mr Ben Higgs is the Founder and Director of Rise Foundation Australia, a mental health education and community resilience organisation built on lived experience, backed by evidence-based techniques and tools.

Dr Cathi Draper is the Past President of ISPAH. Cathi is an Associate Professor in the MRC/Wits Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand, and is also affiliated to the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

The recent survey undertaken by ISTAART and UCL discovered that 57% of early career dementia researchers had experienced Mental Health difficulties, with Anxiety Disorders, Depression and Loneliness being the most common. You can view the full results and more on our ISTAART / UCL ECR Survey Results Page.

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