Graduate students would benefit from mental health support specific to their issues

October 14, 2014

Graduate students may struggle to find adequate support for mental health issues, reports the New York Times. The article cites US-based research that found that many institutions are ill-prepared to respond to specific issues faced by graduate students. According to researcher Carrie Arnold, “graduate students say that [they] aren’t just older undergraduates. Graduate students have bigger responsibilities and weightier, longer-term commitments. They have to worry about funding their training and research, publishing papers, and finishing dissertations.” Arnold also notes that many graduate students have family responsibilities that are less common among undergraduates. Graduate students’ anxiety and depression may also be triggered by factors including financial insecurity, departmental cultures, and the academic job market. The article suggests that faculty and peer support can help graduate students cope, as well as assistance from campus counselling services. New York Times