February 26, 2021

PGSG Mental Health Action Week to address pressures faced by graduate students

Purdue Graduate Student Government’s Mental Health Action Week will take place March 1-5. Organizers hope the lineup of virtual events will facilitate open conversations about mental health issues faced by the graduate student population.

With the unique strains of this semester in mind, the various education, conversation and relaxation events are designed specifically for graduate students, who often work as research assistants, instructors or employees in addition to maintaining their own academic progress.

Graduate students interested in attending an event should RSVP using the links provided on the event titles. Events will take place via Zoom and recordings of some events will be made available on the PGSG website.

Monday, March 1

3:30-5 p.m. – Parenting During a Pandemic. Moderator: Erin Rondeau-Madrid, doctoral student in curriculum studies. Experts: Xiang Zhou, assistant professor of counseling psychology, and Jessica Felder, doctoral student in political science and president of the Graduate Parent Support Network.

5:30-7 p.m. – Mental Health in College: Normalizing the Conversation. Marisa Exter, associate professor curriculum and instruction.

Tuesday, March 2

3-5 p.m. – Cultural Centers Panel. The Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center, Black Cultural Center and their Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) liaisons will discuss the effects of COVID-19 on underrepresented populations, mental health and well-being, and how the centers are working in response.

5-6 p.m. – Burnout, Burnout Culture, & Resisting Burnout Culture. Workshop exploring the key indicators of burnout and tips on how to tackle it by Krista Robbins and Aashna Aggarwal, doctoral students in Purdue's counseling psychology program.

7:30-9 p.m. – Exstress Yourself: Craft night. PGSG craft night featuring Naomi Levine, graduate student in communication, and Anumita Venkatraman, doctoral student in speech, language and hearing sciences, instructing participants on how to design their own postcards.

Wednesday, March 3

5-8 p.m. – CAPS Drop-In Sessions. Back-to-back 30-minute drop-in sessions led by CAPS therapists on topics of imposter syndrome, advisor conflict, COVID-19, relational concerns, work-life balance, racism and sexism.

Thursday, March 4

3-5 p.m. – Student Advocacy Resources Panel. Student Legal Services; Center for Advocacy, Response and Education; ACE Campus Food Pantry; and Graduate Rights & Our Well-Being.

5:30-7 p.m. – Radical Hope and Radical Healing. Della Mosley, assistant professor of counseling psychology from the University of Florida, will address the topic of radical hope and radical meaning and the implications for graduate students.

Friday, March 5

8-9:30 p.m. – Mind Management: Work Life Balance. Swami Mukundananda, author and founder of the nonprofit JKYog. Watch party for the recording of Mukundanada’s talk and panel on "Mind Management: Work Life Balance." Participants may submit questions for Mukundananda by Feb. 27 at the registration link.

See individual registration pages for further schedule details.

The events are made possible through partnerships with Purdue Student Government, the LGBTQ Center, Purdue Recreation & Wellness, the Department of Psychological Sciences, the College of Education, Counseling and Psychological Services and Mental Health America. For more information, contact PGSG's Pratik Kashyap at pgsg.life@gmail.com.

Writer: Bella Vina, ivina@purdue.edu

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