Links here are also available at our blog, where the sources and discussions surrounding the links can also be found:
here and here


Personal stories

Mental Illness, by Mikael Vejdemo Johansson, Jan 12, 2013.

How to keep moving forward, even when your brain hates you, by Keelium, Feb 11, 2013

Depression in the Academy, by Leslie M-B, Nov 27, 2005

Are Academics the Loneliest Professionals?, by Leslie Madsen-Brooks, June 25, 2008

Mental Illness in Academe by Elyn R Saks, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov 25, 2009

"I won't let depression hold back my academic career", The Guardian, March 16, 2012

Bipolar and Academia, by a Reader of The Professor Is In, March 8, 2013

Research & PTSD, by Wm. Caylee Hogg, March 11, 2013

MENS ET TENEBRAE: It’s not you, it’s a disease, Grace Taylor, The Tech (MIT), April 10, 2012

IN GOOD COMPANY: With tenure but not without troubles, John Belcher, The Tech (MIT), March 19, 2013

Depression at University: It Took a Friend To Notice, by Victoria, March 21, 2013

Support Groups

Disabled Philosophers, for mental or physical disabilities

Take This Project, aimed at computer game developers


Depressed Academics: this site.


Time For Change: blog posts about School, College and University

Recourse, a UK charity, which describes itself as "The only charity providing practical and emotional support to staff in FE & HE. Free, confidential Support Line: 0808 802 02 03." Obviously that's a UK number, but there are resources on the web site which may be useful for other locations.
Recourse are on twitter as @RecourseCharity

Lists of Links

Academia and Mental Illness: a list of resources, from The Professor Is In


There are many resources for depression which are not specifically related to Academia. This is an arbitrary selection.

Anti Discrimination

UK: Time To Change. "Let's End Mental Health Discrimination"

UK: Returning to work after mental health issues

USA: Americans With Disabilities Act

Canada: A Place for All: A Guide to Creating an Inclusive Workplace

Australia: National Mental Health and Disability Employment Strategy


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