Welcome PhD's, post-grads, and future graduate students. Welcome humans of Academia and the people who love them! We are a collaborative community talking about mental health in graduate school. You are not alone! We support creative, critical and independent thinkers struggling with mental health, through honest stories from fellow PhDs and well-being tips, tools and services.
Our goal is to show the faces of academics with mental health issues – smiling, successful, normal faces – to increase visibility and awareness of the people struggling.
The mental health epidemic in Higher Education reduces productivity and creativity in research, slowing progress and weakening the community.
Almost half of PhD’s and PhD students struggle to maintain their mental health (e.g see Pain, 2018).
This 2018 Nature Biotechnology survey, as reported here in Science Magazine found:
41% of PhD candidates showed symptoms of moderate to severe anxiety
39% showed symptoms of moderate to severe depression
This is more than six times the prevalence found in studies of the general population.
This invisible population suffers from anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses.
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