An anonymous blogger shares their experiences of being discriminated against and bullied due to their mental health issues. Is mental illness nothing more than an inconvenient expense for university departments?
Category: Academia & Mental Health
An early-career academic writes about their struggles with depression and chronic anxiety.
16 April 2014, The Guardian Higher Education Network. I wrote this opinion piece in response to the ongoing debates about mental health issues in academia.
One of the hardest things about hearing about a PhD student who was harassed by a lecturer, and who then committed suicide while the lecturer kept his job, was that I wasn’t surprised. It’s not that I didn’t think the story was horrendous – I did. It’s that like most...
The current focus on mental health in academia is a topic that has always been close to my heart. I suffered from bouts of depression and mania for all of my teenage years and was officially diagnosed as bi-polar in my undergraduate degree. I look back on this period and...
6 March 2014, The Guardian Higher Education Network. I was invited to comment on academia and mental health for this article.
An anonymous contributor reflects on the relationship between love and academia, and on whether the former can really be applied to our work.