Positive Mental Health in the Geosciences GSA Follow-on Workshop

published Aug 25, 2023 10:54am

Oct 19, 2023 - Oct 19, 2023

Positive Mental Health in the Geosciences GSA Follow-on Workshop: Thursday, October 19, 2023

Omni William Penn Hotel, Three Rivers Room, WP Floor
530 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

8:00 am - 5:00 pm ET

There will be a reception prior to the workshop on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ET
at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Monongahela Room, 17th Floor

Geoscientists face unique challenges, often navigating isolation in the field, laboratory, and virtual learning environments. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, these feelings of exclusion and isolation have become more pronounced, impacting the mental well-being of geoscientists. In addition, structural bias and discrimination based on race and ethnicity, gender identity, disability, and the complexities of hidden disabilities, including chronic illness and mental health issues, have grown substantially, necessitating a collective effort to foster safe and supportive working environments.

Join us for a one-day workshop, focused on building community and gathering information from attendees and psychologists to help us assess how mental health is being addressed in formal and informal geoscience communities, and identify outstanding needs. This information will help us to create resources, fill gaps, and build the path forward, focused on raising awareness of the challenges experienced by many geoscientists and sharing best practices implemented by universities, companies, and colleagues. See the overview page for details and apply by September 15.