Insight agency Opinium and MRS have again teamed up to run the Mental Wellbeing in Research Survey in 2020.

The wellbeing research results released in August indicate that people are growing more comfortable speaking about their mental wellbeing with their colleagues. In the past year, 57% of survey participants had told someone at work about a mental health struggle, compared with 36% in 2019. In those instances when people had shared how they were feeling, three quarters of them reported a positive experience and said their colleagues were understanding and supportive. See the full report below.

Hear the 2020 results of the Mental Wellbeing in Research Survey in our Professional Webinar with Sophie Holland from Opinium plus discover how to increase your own wellbeing and that of your teams with HR expert Stuart McNicholas.  

Survey results from 2019


In July 2019 research agency Opinium, supported by MRS, launched the results of the first survey into mental wellbeing in the sector.
 The report ‘Opening the Conversation: Mental Wellbeing in Market Research’ revealed that, while 53% of workers in the UK say they have had issues with their mental wellbeing, an alarming 85% of market researchers report that they had struggled in the previous 12 months. With 77% of admitting that this had affected their work.

Opinium and MRS hosted a joint event in October 2019 to explore the reasons for the high levels of anxiety in the sector and debate how employers can work to address this. The Wellbeing in Research event featured a presentation of the results followed by a discussion with sector professionals and wellbeing experts giving their advice for mental wellbeing at work.  

Panel: Jane Bainbridge, Editor, Impact & Research Live (chairing) • Sophie Holland, Research Exec, Opinium • Dane Krambergar, Head of Workplace Wellbeing Services, MIND • Jennifer Roberton, MD, Respondi • Rebecca Ormond, Inclusive Workplace Leader, PwC

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You may also be interested in this report on what researchers think of research culture from the Wellcome Trust

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