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Graduate Student Mental Health Matters

Is academia a contributing factor to mental and emotional health problems? How are universities and their institutional cultures contributing to these issues? Is there space to have these discussions? Who will listen?


The views expressed in this post are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of Rackham Graduate School or the University of Michigan.

Dealing with Death: An "Out of This World” Ethic of Care

This past month has been rough. I have lost a father, a mentor, and a staff member in my department in the span of three weeks. These three deaths were soul-crushing, inviting me to consider what it means to deal with sorrow and despair while managing an array of expectations and demands.

This blog piece asks a question that continues to gnaw at my mind and heart: How do we unplug in order to spend time processing sorrow amidst the chaos of deadlines, milestones, and obligations?

I am concerned.

Behind the Scenes with Graduate Student Participants in CAPS Mental Health Video Campaign

On March 15 of this year, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) launched a video series entitled Real Stories of Leaders at Their Best to help our campus see day-to-day examples of mental health and resilience. CAPS in Action, the student group of CAPS, was the driving force behind this effort.

A striking degree of intimacy is achieved in these short videos--each of the U-M students shares their mental health story directly into the camera, and they each broadcast simultaneously honest, painful, and encouraging messages.

We at Rackham wanted to go behind the scenes and speak to some of the graduate students featured in this series: What did it mean to them to contribute to this project? What did they think about participating, and what has happened since?

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