{CWG} Why is ‘community’ important for researcher mental health?

This article was originally published on Charlesworth Author Researcher Education blog

In recent years, the academic community has seen a rise in anxiety and mental health issues among researchers and students. Higher education institutions are now investing millions of dollars in implementing measures and practices that support the wellbeing of their students. While these are necessary and helpful, academics can also do a lot among themselves to support each other by building and strengthening their own connections and community.

We share several ways of developing strong connections during your doctoral study and/or research journey, and how this can benefit you, both professionally in your research and personally, for your overall wellbeing.

Reach out

Researcher life can sometimes feel quite solitary and lonely. Although you may be working with others in a team or as part of a department, a significant part of the research and writing process is often done alone. It is not uncommon for researchers to report being and working on their own for days at a time without interacting or speaking to others.

Know that if colleagues and people in your department are not reaching out to you, it is not necessarily because they don’t care about you. Understandably, everyone is probably quite busy and has a lot of responsibilities to juggle; likewise, they may believe that you are busy too and are not reaching out for fear of disturbing you… [keep reading here]

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