New ECN Website Section: Mental Health

Happy to announce our new website section Mental Health in cooperation with Scholar Minds, which is a self-organized-initiative of PhD students at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin trying to provide the Berlin neuroscience community with some relief.

Good mental health is related to mental and psychological well-being. It is all about how people think, feel, and behave.

Compared to the general population, graduate and PhD students are six times more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety – a study conducted by Evans et al. (2018) suggests an enormous prevalence of moderate-to-severe depression in PhD students (39%). According to a recent survey of the Max Planck PhDnet, 53% of the students surveyed suffered from at least one of the following symptoms: depression, burnout, eating disorder, chronic fatigue, sleeplessness and migraines. More than half of this group thought that these symptoms were directly related to their position as a PhD.

Through sharing resources, surveying the status quo, and organizing mental health events, the Scholar Minds team hopes to promote awareness, destigmatize mental health struggles, and empower PhD students!

 

ECN Mental Health Section

Scholar Minds on Twitter

Scholar Minds on Facebook

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