Grad student mental health a neglected crisis: US report

December 10, 2018

While post-secondary institutions throughout North America have recently focused a good deal of attention on undergraduate mental health, graduate student issues have been relatively neglected, Colleen Flaherty finds. Flaherty cites a working paper co-authored by Paul Barreira, Director of Harvard University’s Health Service, as an exception to this trend. Barreira and his team developed a survey that found self-reported indicators of mental health among graduate students resemble those of incarcerated populations. A team of graduate student researchers at another US institution told Flaherty that a major component of mental well-being comes down to simply feeling valued by faculty. A lecturer added that advisors should check in with their students more frequently. Inside Higher Ed (International)