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Burnout Syndrome

Episode Summary

Short description: What is burnout, how can we recognise it and how do we tackle it at the personal and institutional level? Guest: Beth Thompson Sound Bite: Halle Rubera Episode description: In 2019, WHO redefined burnout, calling it a ’syndrome’ ...and recognising it as an occupational phenomenon resulting from chronic workplace stress that hasn't been successfully managed. Burnout is commonplace in the modern workplace owing to perfectionists and can even stem from imposter syndrome. In this episode we discuss what burnout is and how to get in front of it.

Episode Notes

Takeaways from today's episode: 


Burnout in global health by Madhu Pai:


Spotting signs of burnout:

Blog by Beth Thompson:

Wellcome research culture survey:

Reducing stigma of mental health by using the Friendship Bench approach

Chris Denning (Uni of Nottingham blog) has posted his blog on his twitter account: @chrisdenning42


Guest information

Dr Beth Thompson leads Wellcome’s UK & EU policy and advocacy work, covering issues including Brexit and research investment, as well as Wellcome’s programme on research culture. Beth was awarded an MBE in 2017 for services to science. She gained her PhD from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in 2008. 



Halle Rubera is a Rwandan who grew up in Kenya. She holds a B.A. in Political Science at Wellesley College, and was one of 6 finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship - East Africa. She is passionate about education in Africa, which is reflected in her podcast "Drained"-- a platform for African students to discuss their mental health.



Editing by Mariana Vaz,

Research: Christine Boinett

Producers: Christine Boinett (Creator and Executive producer), Alice Matimba (Senior Producer), Isabela Malta (Producer) and Emmanuela Oppong (Producer).

Host: Christine Boinett

Media and Marketing: Catherine Holmes




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