Mental Health: How can academia do better?
Science & Policy Exchange (SPE) conducted an SPE Café event that
entailed roundtable discussions with graduate students to understand (1) mental health
problems in academia, (2) the current landscape of mental health resources and services in
Canadian academic institutions, and (3) potential improvements. The Café was followed by a
webinar talk, on September 17, 2020, by Devon Simpson, who elaborated on the three
aforementioned points. Based on the two events, we make recommendations to encourage an
academic environment that fosters wellbeing and to ensure that graduate students receive
adequate mental health support.