World Mental Health Day: facts, figures and the flaws of academia

Written by Dani Beck (University of Oslo, Norway)

Attitudes toward mental illness and those that live with mental health problems have perpetuated stigma and discrimination since the very beginning of humankind. Today, even in countries where substantial efforts have been made to better understand mental health and work on destigmatization, those experiencing mental health problems still find themselves isolated. This is no different in the realm of academia, where graduate students and PhD candidates are facing some of the highest prevalence rates of mental health problems in any given work environment. In addition to early-career researchers experiencing the existing stigma and discrimination all those living with mental illness...

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