Link Round Up: Academia is bad for our mental health, and how to talk about it

Once again we’ve scoured the web for you, picking the best articles on mental health and academia. Have a suggestion for the next Link Round Up? Drop us a line on twitter or facebook! … More Link Round Up: Academia is bad for our mental health, and how to talk about it

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When Another Door Opens: Leaving Academia for the Sales World

I’ve never seen myself as a sales person. As a scientist, a sales job didn’t seem “academic” enough. And I am terrible at pushing people to do anything. … More When Another Door Opens: Leaving Academia for the Sales World

Reading round-up: Post-partum depression & PhD, ECR’s guide to managing perfectionism, advisors responding to trauma and many more

We have a great reading list compiled for you this weekend. We have all the bases covered with pieces on post-partum depression and doing a PhD, to learning how to set realistic targets when you are living with depression, from notes on managing uncertainty and perfectionism in academia, to a piece on how academic advisors … More Reading round-up: Post-partum depression & PhD, ECR’s guide to managing perfectionism, advisors responding to trauma and many more

Sleepwalking with Ghosts: Vicarious Trauma and the Importance of Self-Care

    We kick off 2018 with this piece that draws our attention to the psychological toll of  being part of certain academic disciplines that involve dealing with violence and trauma at its very core    POTENTIAL TRIGGER WARNING: Graphic imagery, violence, sexual abuse   I woke up standing in my socks on the fourth-floor … More Sleepwalking with Ghosts: Vicarious Trauma and the Importance of Self-Care

Carers need care too: Nurturing yourself this holiday season

  As we get ready for the holidays, we have a guest post by “Mara”, where she discusses the neglected issue of graduate students experiencing hardships and psychological vulnerabilities as a result of being carers to their loved ones. She draws on her experiences to suggest ways in which carers can be more nurturing towards … More Carers need care too: Nurturing yourself this holiday season

I Can and I Will: Rebuilding an Anxious Mind in Time for Orals

  This week we have a PhD candidate taking us through her life-changing experience of reckoning with her anxiety, all while being in the midst of a critical point in her candidature. Read more about how she worked through that phase and arrived at some important insights. It was a moment of silence that convinced … More I Can and I Will: Rebuilding an Anxious Mind in Time for Orals

Reading Round-Up – the student feedback whilst having depression, challenges and triumphs of discussing one’s mental illness in academia, and many more

Catch up on what we’ve been reading at the Collective this month. We have articles touching on the growing evidence of particular mental health vulnerabilities among graduate students, the challenges and triumphs of discussing one’s mental illness in academia, the unique experience of receiving feedback whilst dealing with a mental illness, the unique challenges facing … More Reading Round-Up – the student feedback whilst having depression, challenges and triumphs of discussing one’s mental illness in academia, and many more

Max Planck Alumni and ECRs for Better Graduate Student Mental Health

    A couple months ago, AMHC team member Lisa M attended the Max Planck Symposium for Alumni and Early Career Researchers (MPSAESCR) in Berlin. The event was held to connect alumni and early career researchers from all over the world, and to afford the opportunity to discuss with and learn from each other. Among … More Max Planck Alumni and ECRs for Better Graduate Student Mental Health

“I get by with a little help from my friends”: Social support during postgraduate study

  This week Tamsyn Hawken writes for the AMHC about social support. Simple or obvious as it may sound,  graduate school can be an isolating time in one’s life despite being surrounded by interesting people doing interesting work. Tamsyn talks to us about the difficulties and possibilities for finding meaningful social support in these contexts. *********** As … More “I get by with a little help from my friends”: Social support during postgraduate study