Graduate school and a global pandemic: An evaluation of the mental health and wellbeing of Ryerson University graduate students
Date & Time
Friday, August 13, 2021, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Graduate students are at heightened risk for mental health concerns, with 72% of Canadian graduate students reporting worsening mental health due to COVID-19. This study administered a survey assessing the mental health and wellbeing of graduate students within a Canadian university during COVID-19. A sample of 515 graduate students reported levels of anxiety, depression, burnout, supervisory relationship satisfaction, and financial strain. Over 50% of graduate students met cut-off scores for moderate or severe anxiety, 25% for moderate or severe depression, and over 60% reported experiencing burnout. Most concerning, 1 in 5 students reported having thoughts that they would be better off dead or of hurting themselves, with 3.7% reporting having these thoughts daily. However, students reported a high degree of satisfaction with their supervisors and a majority of respondents never experienced discomfort with their financial situation. Further results are discussed alongside student recommendations for university-level changes to support graduate students.

Learning Objective 1:
Understanding of mental health concerns experienced by graduate students
Learning Objective 2:
Understanding of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on graduate students
Learning Objective 3:
Understanding of student recommendations for university-level changes to support graduate students
Evaluation, Research, Assessment
Session Type
Virtual Session Link