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New Study Emphasizes Need for Mental Health Support for Graduate Students

The struggle is very real for these students.

It’s not being talked about, but there’s a mental health crisis in graduate education, and something needs to be done about it. This is the main message from a recently published global survey of Ph.D. and master’s students. The study, titled “Evidence for a mental health crisis in graduate education,” includes anecdotes, testimonials, and discussions about the matter and reinforce the need for change in the higher institutions of learning.

The online survey data includes 2279 responses, mostly from Ph.D. candidates based in 234 institutions across 26 countries. Forty percent of the respondents are in the biological and physical sciences and engineering,

The results show alarmingly high rates of depression and anxiety among graduate students.

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Forty-one percent of respondents showed moderate to severe anxiety, while 39% showed moderate to severe depression. These figures are more than six times the prevalence found in studies of the general population.

There is also a notable difference based on gender. About one-third of male respondents reported experiencing each condition, compared with about 40% of female respondents and more than half of the 42 transgender and gender-nonconforming respondents.

Having a healthy work-life balance and a supporting relationship with one’s principal investigator (PI) contributes to a graduate student’s mental health.

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About half of the students experiencing depression or anxiety reported not having supportive relationships with their PIs. More than half of the respondents with depression and anxiety didn’t feel that they had a good work-life balance. The study includes suggested intervention strategies to address the problem, including enhanced access to mental health support, a call for cultural change, and a call to action. The authors wrote:

“Our studies show a high prevalence of anxiety and depression in a diverse graduate student sample. The strikingly high rates of anxiety and depression support a call to action to establish and/or expand mental health and career development resources for graduate students through enhanced resources within career development offices, faculty training and a change in the academic culture.”


9 Interesting Facts About Al Capone

The Scarface was indeed a strange and interesting guy.

Almost everyone in this world knows Al Capone as someone who was badass. Widely known as “Scarface,” the notorious US gangster was among America’s most feared gang leaders. And, of course, there was every reason to be. Although the infamous (and bloody) St. Valentine’s Day Massacre brought him his downfall, this guy lived to be a legend.

The massacre, in particular, saw at least seven rival gang members brutally gunned down. Unfortunately for Capone, this severely damaged his public reputation. This mess particularly hurt his image in Chicago where he had built up his criminal empire.

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What Would You Do If Your Car’s Gas Pedal Gets Stuck?

There could be a few reasons why your gas pedal gets stuck, but do you know what to do if something like this happens?

It does not happen very often, but it is possible for your car’s gas pedal to get stuck. Obviously, the situation can be frightening and traumatizing (not to mention it is extremely dangerous). But if you stay calm and act accordingly, it can be overcome.

Usually, a broken or faulty gas pedal is due to mechanical malfunctions. It can also be caused by a floor mat that has wedges preventing the pedal from working accordingly. Not to worry, though – there is a strategy to counter this scary situation.

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If You Can Solve This Riddle, You Can Get Hired at Google!

So do you have what it takes?

Pet-friendly workplace. Free gourmet food everyday. Massage services. These are only some of the awesome perks that Google employees get from their company so it's no surprise that web-based workers would kill to work there. Of course, you have to be really smart, among other things, to get your foot in the door.

Rumor has it that Google uses a particular riddle when interviewing candidates. If you can solve this brain teaser, you may just have a chance to be a Noogler - that's what Google affectionately calls their new hires.

You don't need to have the brain of a nuclear physicist to solve this, but you do have to be creative. This tests one's problem-solving skills. So here it is.

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