I felt the session on mental health in academia was particularly beneficial. To know that highly successful Profs have dealt with and overcome mental health obstacles is both inspirational and reassuring especially in case any of us were to find ourselves in a similar situation. It can take a lot of courage to share personal stories, but talking about this topic is crucial in the long run if we are to change the stigma surrounding these issues. I think it is important that all scientists become aware of how common mental health problems are, and how there should be no shame or guilt in suffering from these issues.
Long may the annual retreat live,
*A P90 is not a physical workout but a mental one. It stands for POWER 90 (the power bit must be shouted in an Austrian accent). It simply means that you work without email or distraction in hard-core 90 minute sessions. It’s how I get my actual work done. Lots of great details and background here.
(submitted as part of a 30-minute writing exercise)