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MH-01 | Mind Matters in Academia — for PhDs and Postdocs | Part 1 of 2

Lakshmi Ganesan, Karishma Kaushik & Mayuri Rege

This discussion addressed issues around mental health, particular those that are relevant to PhD students and postdocs. Featuring Shubha Tole and Soumitra Pathare as panelists, this discussion was moderated by Karishma Kaushik and Mayuri Rege. In part 1 of this conversation, the panellists and moderators talk about supervisor dynamics and the lab environment

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Mental health is a serious concern in academia, across the world and at all levels of professionals. There is an increasing global push to acknowledge and bring discussions on mental health to the forefront (‘out of the closet’), and seek and share individual and collective solutions to support and promote the mental well-being of academic professionals. This dialogue is an initiative to create awareness and de-stigmatize mental health to make science in India a more inclusive and a supportive place.

This discussion addressed issues around mental health, particular those that are relevant to PhD students and postdocs. Featuring Shubha Tole and Soumitra Pathare as panelists, this discussion was moderated by Karishma Kaushik and Mayuri Rege. In part 1 of this conversation, the panellists and moderators talk about supervisor dynamics and the lab environment.

Disclaimer:

This conversation is intended to discuss and create awareness on mental health (in the broadest sense), and specifically in the academic setup. It aims to increase the overall awareness by generating a healthy dialogue among stakeholders in the community towards making conscious, well-informed and progressive changes, both at the individual and systemic level. The information shared and discussed is intended to shape conversations in science in India, to lead to more inclusivity and empathy, and will in no way compromise confidentiality of the participants. This session is not a substitute for medical consultation / treatment / or counselling.

Content Annotations with Timestamps

0:00 Welcome
0:40 Introduction
3:38 Academia and Mental Health
4:35 Supervisor dynamics
12:03 Lab Environment
23:36 Conclusion