Meet Our Writers: Kim

My desire is to de-stigmatize mental illness in academic and other settings where those of us that are high-functioning often find ourselves feeling trapped and struggling silently. … More Meet Our Writers: Kim

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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

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

When Things Suck and You Still Have a PhD To Do: 7 Tips to Get Stuff Done

In this guest post, author Tamsyn shares some realistic, practical, honest advice. Who can’t use some of that once in a while? Check out more of Tamsyn’s writing on her blog.   *          *          * We all have times in our lives when things just suck. When … More When Things Suck and You Still Have a PhD To Do: 7 Tips to Get Stuff Done

Nadia’s Story: Persistent Paralysis and a Prolonged PhD (Part 2)

Nadia, a successful academic who privately struggled with anxiety, returns with Part 2 of her story. In Part 1, she shared about the early days of her graduate career and her eventual decision to practice self-care by taking time to work on her writing in a remote location.  Content warning: sexual assault and abortion. Please … More Nadia’s Story: Persistent Paralysis and a Prolonged PhD (Part 2)

Suicidality in Graduate School: Part 1

In a graduate cohort of 10 incoming students, at least one may have attempted suicide, and up to half of the cohort is likely to be struggling with mental health concerns. … More Suicidality in Graduate School: Part 1