How universities can support grad student mental health: Opinion

January 11, 2021

Universities should do more to support graduate student mental health, especially during COVID-19, writes Megan Douglas. The author describes some ways institutions can better support graduate students, who are at a higher risk for mental health issues during COVID-19. The article explains how offering virtual counselling can help ensure that there is professional support available for students before they begin to show signs of mental illness. Douglas also describes two ways supervisors can play a role in supporting graduate student mental health: Checking in more often with their PhD students and shifting the focus of meetings to cover issues of wellbeing, and modelling an appropriate work-life balance so that students do not feel pressured to follow irregular work hours. University Affairs (National)