One of the most well-attended sessions at this year’s EuroScience Open Forum, held earlier this month in Toulouse, France, addressed a difficult issue: mental health in academia. Just a few years ago, the sensitivity of the topic and widespread stigma around discussing it may have drawn a smaller crowd. But a growing number of studies highlighting the psychological distress among academics, in addition to testimonies on social media and other efforts, are bringing what some have described as a mental health crisis out into the open.
Science Careers spoke with session speaker Mark Robinson, a psychologist in the Student Counselling Service at Trinity College in Dublin, about what academics can do in the face of this crisis. This interview was edited for brevity and clarity.