Podcast

Podcast: Taking Time Off | Jessica Marshall

The 7th episode of the Voices of Academia podcast is live!!! 

Listen to this episode directly at the link below, or click through to find the link to your preferred listening platform. 

Episode 7: Taking Time Off

TW: Sexual assault, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Summary:

In this episode of Voices of Academia, Emily chats with recently-minted Dr. (!!) Jessica Marshall, who touches on taking time off her PhD and the support she received from personal relationships, therapy and publicly-available systems after she experienced sexual assault. Jess opened up previously, in episode 6, about the friendship, partner, family and identity losses she experienced during her PhD. 

Key topics/resources: 

Jess doesn’t have Twitter but you can follow her on Instagram 

The full transcript of the podcast is available here, with many thanks to Dan Ranson 

For mental health support, please contact your GP or use the appropriate support for your country at https://checkpointorg.com/global/

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Recorded 23/10/2020.

Sound: Mindset by Ketsa is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, available through Free Music Archive.

Podcast: Loss during a PhD | Jessica Marshall

The 6th episode of the Voices of Academia podcast is live!!! 

Listen to this episode directly at the link below, or click through to find the link to your preferred listening platform. 

Episode 6: Loss during a PhD

TW: Divorce, sexual assault and suicidal ideation. 

Summary:

In this episode of Voices of Academia, Emily chats with recently-submitted PhD Candidate, Jessica Marshall (@JessicaMarshall), who opens up about the friendship, partner, family and identity losses she experienced during her PhD. 

This episode touches on the difficulties of finding work-life balance during a PhD, Jess’s difficult experiences with family, health and sexual assault during her degree, the impact these experiences have had on her life, why she believes she doesn’t belong in academia and how this has led to her future career goals.  

Key topics: 

  • Finances
  • Isolation
  • Some unhealthy reasons for pursuing academia
  • Trauma
  • Parental divorce
  • Family secrets – Identity collapse
  • Suicide
  • Sexual assault
  • Imposter syndrome
  • Putting on the mask
  • Choosing carefully who you open up to
  • Jess founded a science party business during her PhD, switching to developing merch during Melbourne’s epic COVID lockdown –  My Mini Scientist

Jess doesn’t have Twitter but you can follow her on Instagram 

The full transcript of the podcast is available here

For mental health support, please contact your GP or use the appropriate support for your country at https://checkpointorg.com/global/

Recorded 23/10/2020.

Sound: Mindset and Hard Sell by Ketsa is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, available through Free Music Archive.

If you’re interested in being interviewed, we’d love to hear from you. Please submit this brief form.

Podcast: Mindfulness: not some “Buddhist chant” | Daniel Ranson

The 5th episode of the Voices of Academia podcast is live!!! 

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Episode 5: Mindfulness: not some “Buddhist chant”

TW: Anxiety and a suicide attempt 

Summary:

In this episode of Voices of Academia, Emily chats with PhD Research Fellow, Daniel Ranson (@mrdanielranson), who is now a convert to mindfulness as a coping mechanism for anxiety, in addition to therapy, medication and insight from a mental health practitioner. Dan opened up previously, in episode 4, about perfectionism and OCD tendencies that progressively worsened from his undergraduate degree, onwards. 

This episode touches on:

  • Medication and its side effects
  • The principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and how Dan found his therapist
  • How to get past the negative connotations of ‘therapy’ eg. treating CBT as a gym for your mind
  • Insight from having a mental health practitioner in the home, helping Dan’s family understand how to interact with someone who is mentally ill
  • The power of company
  • Taking charge and making decisions for someone that is mentally ill and struggling to make their own eg. Let’s go get a coffee
  • Breaking down the barriers to embracing mindfulness – Dan never thought he would use this approach. He used to see it as some form of ‘Buddhist chanting’
  • Not opening up to anyone in academia
  • We are the next generation – we should model it for the way we want
  • What we think a PhD is going to be like and what it is are often very different things

Resources:

The full transcript of the podcast is available here. 

For mental health support, please contact your GP or use the appropriate support for your country at https://checkpointorg.com/global/

Recorded 03/12/2020.

Sound: Mindset by Ketsa is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, available through Free Music Archive.

If you’re interested in being interviewed, we’d love to hear from you. Please submit this brief form.

Podcast: Perfectionism & OCD | Daniel Ranson

The 4th episode of the Voices of Academia podcast is live!!! 

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Episode 4: Perfectionism & OCD

TW: Depression, anxiety, OCD and a suicide attempt. 

Summary:

In this episode of Voices of Academia, Emily chats with PhD Research Fellow, Daniel Ranson (@mrdanielranson), who opens up about perfectionism and OCD tendencies that progressively worsened from his undergraduate degree onwards. 

This episode touches on feeling pressured as a first-generation university student, overactive worrying, the two sides to perfectionism, development of OCD tendencies that impacted life, living with anxiety, depression, overwork, a suicide attempt, seeking professional help including medication and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), medication adjustments, stigma, medication overdose and recovery.   

Resources:

The full transcript of the podcast is available here. 

For mental health support, please contact your GP or use the appropriate support for your country at https://checkpointorg.com/global/

Recorded 03/12/2020.

Sound: Mindset by Ketsa is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, available through Free Music Archive.

If you’re interested in being interviewed, we’d love to hear from you. Please submit this brief form.

Podcast: Disability & The Power of Acceptance | Syreeta Nolan

The third episode of the Voices of Academia podcast is live!!! 

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Episode 3: Disability & The Power of Acceptance

TW: Sexual, emotional, and mental abuse, and medical trauma. 

Summary:

In this episode of Voices of Academia, Emily chats with undergraduate senior, Syreeta Nolan (@nolan_syreeta), about how learning to accept her disability and see it as a capability, not a liability, has shifted her life for the better. 

This episode touches on self-acceptance, self-care, disability Twitter, seeing a counselor, juggling self-care with emerging opportunities, learning to say no, asking for help, and empowering the next generation to feel like they can make it in academia. 

Resources:

The full transcript of the podcast is available here. 

For mental health support, please contact your GP or use the appropriate support for your country at https://checkpointorg.com/global/

Recorded 19/11/2020.

Sound: Mindset by Ketsa is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, available through Free Music Archive.

If you’re interested in being interviewed, we’d love to hear from you. Please submit this brief form.

Podcast: Navigating Invisible Disability | Syreeta Nolan

The second episode of the Voices of Academia podcast is live!!! 

Listen to this episode directly at the link below, or click through to find the link to your preferred listening platform. 

Episode 2: Navigating Invisible Disability

TW: Suicide attempts, medical trauma, and rape

Summary:

In this episode of Voices of Academia, Emily chats with undergraduate senior, Syreeta Nolan (@nolan_syreeta), about the mental health impacts of navigating disability within universities. 

This episode is essentially distilled down into two parts – Entering and progressing in academia after a mental health crisis, and the mental health impacts of trying to be accepted as a person with disabilities within academia. 

Resources:

The full transcript for the podcast is available here

For mental health support, please contact your GP or use the appropriate support for your country at https://checkpointorg.com/global/ 

Recorded 19/11/2020. 

Sound: Mindset by Ketsa is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, available through Free Music Archive.

If you’re interested in being interviewed, we’d love to hear from you. Please submit this brief form.