SPA Graduate Student Mental Health and Wellness Survey
At the request of the Climate and Diversity Committee, a survey on mental health and wellness was administered this winter to graduate students in the School of Physics and Astronomy. The survey was administered by Boynton Health Services in partnership with the Council of Graduate Students' (COGS) and Professional Student Government (PSG) Mental Health & Wellness Committee. More than a dozen other departments have participated in this survey project since it was first developed in 2013 in cooperation with the Chemistry Department. This is the second time we have participated in this survey; the last time was in 2018.
The goal is to assess the state of mental health and wellness among graduate and professional students, including risk and protective factors. Following completion of the survey, each participating School holds a meeting of graduate students,faculty, and staff in which Dr. Lust (Epidemiology and Community Health) shares the results of the survey. This year we will follow the roughly 30-minute presentation with breakout sessions facilitated by members of the Climate and Diversity Committee where we will explore the implications of the findings and how they might be addressed by follow-up actions. All this will happen in person in the various conference rooms with refreshments served. An online option is also available.