Graduate student mental health is alarming, with evidence that suggests an increasing anxiety and depression worldwide (Forrester, 2021; Woolston, 2019). Moreover, hostile academic environments, negatively affect the psychosocial development, emotional well-being, and mental health of faculty members at research universities (Vázquez, 2019). Unfortunately, the extent to which these environments affect the mental health of underrepresented communities in graduate school is still unknown.
International experts call for collaboration to change academic culture and create infrastructure to engage and treat graduate student mental health. This was the driving force of our community-based project Healing the Academy: Addressing Mental Health Disparities Among Underrepresented Graduate and Students. This project was conducted during March, 2021 and February, 2022.
Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U54MD013368. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
Recommendations to improve safety and quality of life
Recommendations to improve mental health services
Recommendations to decrease suicidal ideation
Following is a list of all the Steering Council Members who contributed to the development of this report. The information provided below includes council member names, school/department of association, and their social identities/positionalities.
Faculty and Staff members: