New Report on Graduate Student Mental Health
A new report from the Council of Graduate Schools and The Jed Foundation provides an evidence-based framework to guide the development of campus-wide, systemic approaches to graduate student mental health and well-being. Through surveys and qualitative data obtained from campus listening sessions and a stakeholder convening, the report authors developed Supporting Graduate Student Mental Health and Well-being: Evidence-Informed Recommendations for the Graduate Community,” which offers recommendations for individual and collective action to higher ed leaders, administrators, department chairs, graduate faculty and students.
Dr. Nance Roy, chief clinical officer of JED, said, “Many schools do not include in their overall strategic plan for the institution, a focus on mental health.” The report calls for identifying mental health in schools’ strategic plans, which guides allocation of resources. Roy also said that it was crucial to recognize the needs of traditionally marginalized groups, including Black, Latinx, first-gen, and LGBTQ students.