A month ago, I posted about Self-Care and Suicide Prevention after the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. So what has gone on in the past month? Well, the conversation around suicide prevention has gotten stronger. The tragic events spurred activity like the CNN Town Hall which was a most welcome sight to behold, getting national attention like this subject so desperately deserves. So what now? Now, we keep the conversation going. I want to keep up the theme of self-care, since it is so critical to our own well-being, emotionally and physically. I wanted to dedicate 30 days to self-care and report back on my result. There are a handful of things I have tried to do over the past month to help regulate my state. Please leave comments below on how you practice self-care. I’d love to compare notes!
There’s a mental health crisis in America’s graduate schools, and you know what isn’t helping? That old cliché where the professor says, “Look to your left. Look to your right. One of these students won’t be there a the end of the semester.”
Maybe professors don’t still use that old line, but it’s implied. The truth is, you won’t get a lot of help, sympathy, or emotional support in graduate school. That’s just how things are. It’s the “school of hard knocks” philosophy. The work is tough and there’s a mountain of it. The sacrifices are considerable, and you must make them for a long time, possibly even long after you graduate.
It really does have to be this way.