Stereotype Life

a biweekly podcast on mental health, disability & access in higher education

Episode 8: Karen Tang

Karen Tang on the correlation between addiction and mental health, and developing mindfulness and self-compassion. Who are the students or people, in general, most at risk for developing co-occurring disorders, and is there any way to prevent it? How does college life mask mental illness and how do we identify those students? How do we notice and mitigate burnout? How do we create a self-care toolkit? How can we design classes so that we as instructors help to minimize burnout? What is mindfulness? What is meditation? How can mindfulness and meditation lead to better engagement and studying and working within the academy? Do you have self-care tips and advice for people or for students who say that they don’t have time?

Connecting with Dr. Katie Rose Guest Pryal on her book, Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education. What are some of the pros and cons for keeping a psychiatric disability hidden? How do we challenge stereotypes and the notion that seeking accommodations is cheating? How do we raise awareness and change the narrative? How do we practice care for ourselves and for our students while also protecting ourselves inside of a neoliberal university system? What advice would you give to those who want to leave academia?