From today’s Graduate College email circular:
A new study by graduate researchers and staff at UC-Berkeley suggests that depression and other forms of mental distress are a serious problem for students in graduate school and professional programs (i.e. medical, law, and business schools). The Berkeley study, which included over 3100 graduate and professional students at UC Berkeley, is the first of its kind at the university. The survey results are discussed in a report released by the Berkeley Mental Health Task Force, a graduate student group advancing mental health as a campus priority.
Nearly half of all survey respondents (45%) reported an emotional or stress-related problem that significantly impacted their academic performance or well-being. 67% reported that they have felt hopeless at times, 95% have felt overwhelmed, and 54% have felt so depressed that it was difficult to function.
10% reported that they had seriously considered suicide, and ~1 in 200 respondents reported that they had attempted suicide at least once in the last 12 months…(study link here)
Kinda makes you wonder why we do it, doesn’t it? I finished my paper this morning at 3:30, slept til 7, then was back on campus at 8:15 to make my revisions, then went home and slept. This afternoon has been random – lunch with everyone’s favorite revolutionaries, playing with the mp3 stream in the office, getting more pictures taken by the terrorist-o-matic, looking at more pictures of hedgehogs. I so need the weekend.