Mental Health in Academia

A recent story in the Times Higher Education Supplement highlights the problem of a “a clear case of under-reporting” mental health conditions by people working in the higher education sector; only “250 academics from a workforce of 181,180 disclosed mental health problems in 2010-11”, and “just 490 professional and support staff out of 200,605”. Below-the-line-comments agree that “it seems that anxiety and depression are rites of passage into academia”, although the figures do at least indicate “a steady increase in the number of staff and students disclosing disabilities to their institutions”. The full report can be found here.

So while universities offer academic solutions to global health problems, to paraphrase a recent campaign at this university, might they also need to look to their own house first? Any thoughts, comments, welcome.

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About James Whitehead

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in English, Liverpool John Moores University
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