Joy and Stress Triggers

A global survey on mental health among researchers

7.8 million researchers, in a world of 7.7 billion. That’s 7.8 million people dedicated
to research, discovery, and innovation in the high-performance, hypercompetitive environment of academia.

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Researchers are six times more likely to experience clinical
anxiety and depression than the general population.

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Do you think you may be one
of them? Or know someone who is? Is it serious enough to warrant intervention?

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Yet, there are some researchers
who remain unaffected. Or even thrive in this environment. Is there
a learning there?

Participate in the first ever large-scale global survey of researchers for answers

Why You Should Participate

If you are
a university / research group
  • Make a visible commitment to the wellbeing of researchers
  • Contribute to a global discussion that can improve the research environment
  • Get early, customized access to research data
If you are
a researcher
  • Actively contribute to real-value inputs for improving your work environment
  • Gain productive insights on managing the highs and lows at work

Advisors and Collaborators

We have collaborated with active researchers who are also mental health advocates.

About Cactus Foundation

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Cactus Foundation is an initiative aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and it aims to help researchers grow and create global impact through their research. It was established to build a more just, equal, and inclusive society by providing grants, business support, education, and other initiatives to the global research community as well as to aspiring next-generation researchers.


Our aim is to contribute to improvements in the quality of life and the greater prosperity of human society. Our commitment to society compels us to create meaningful change that is not only based on appearances but on enabling real impact to solve society's problems.