Grad students face mental wellness challenges
Recent studies have drawn attention to the mental health challenges of graduate students. Hironao Okahana wrote about it in an April article on the Council of Graduate Schools website. Okohana, the CGS associate vice president for research and policy analysis, noted that Ph.D. students face many more mental health challenges than the general population. Read the article.
A 2018 study in Nature Biotechnology reports that 39 percent of participants, mostly doctoral candidates, had moderate to severe depression, as compared with the 20 percent of American adults who experience mental illness in any given year. (Among this study’s authors are Nathan Vanderford and Teresa Evans, who write about leadership in this issue.)
Graduate deans are mindful of the mental health challenges faced by master’s and doctoral students, Okahana writes. In the 2018 CGS Pressing Issues Survey, 63 percent of these deans agreed or strongly agreed that current grad students struggle to maintain mental wellness more than grad students did five years ago.
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