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Syllabus section on mental health and wellbeing

My current syllabus section on mental health and wellbeing. I’ve thought about expanding it, but I do think there are benefits of keeping it short and broad, partly because there are many aspects to it and partly because I am not a counselor. I welcome discussion or suggestions.

Dr. Goddard’s syllabus statement on mental health and counseling

Even in the best of circumstances, university can be isolating, frustrating, or demoralizing. Depression and anxiety are a) more common than you might realize, b) not something to be ashamed of, and c) can be helped with the right tools. Please know that staff at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS, https://caps.tamu) are available to provide those tools or help connect you to other offices or community resources that would be the best fit for your unique situation. The University Advancement Fee covers most services at CAPS. Please reach out before you feel overwhelmed or get behind in your studies. We can work with it. We are here for your success in graduate school, and that goes beyond grades.

If you or someone you know is ever in a crisis, CAPS has crisis counselors available. M-F 8:00-5:00 Call —. After business hours and on weekends, call the Helpline at —- (V/TTY).

Practice self-care. Get enough sleep. Caffeine in moderation. Sometimes we venerate overwork in academia when we should be concerned about long-term health. You will be more productive and creative in the long run if you are healthy. Make sure to move frequently. Spend time with friends. Read good books (that aren’t for classes). Pick up a sport or hobby. Take work breaks to watch silly videos or email/call friends and family. I am working on this, too. Let’s take care of ourselves and each other.

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