On the Importance of Mental Health in STEM

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Abstract

From homework to exams to proposal deadlines, STEM academia bears many stressors for students, faculty, and administrators. The increasing prevalence of burnout as an occupational phenomenon, along with anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses in the STEM community is an alarming sign that help is needed. We describe common mental illnesses, identify risk factors, and outline symptoms. We intend to provide guidance on how some people can cope with stressors while also giving advice for those who wish to help their suffering friends, colleagues, or peers. We hope to spark more conversation about this important topic that may affect us all─while also encouraging those who suffer (or have suffered) to share their stories and serve as role models for those who feel they cannot speak.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-306
Number of pages12
JournalACS Polymers Au
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 9 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics

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