Prioritizing your mental health during grad school and tips to seek support, with Sarah Martone

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In this episode, Sujani sits down with Sarah to discuss mental health and school. Sarah opens up about some of the mental health challenges she faced during the completion of her MPH coursework as well as her practicum placements and some of the steps she took to work through these obstacles.

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • Sarah’s personal experiences with mental health struggles while completing her MPH degree and practicums
  • The impact mental health struggles had on Sarah’s MPH experience, including impacts on  work and school performance
  • Sarah’s journey of reaching out and the steps she took to seek help
  • What barriers and challenges Sarah faced on her journey to get help
  • Advice for others in a similar situation including how you can reach out to employers or professors to discuss accommodating mental health challenges.
  • What types of on-campus and off-campus mental health services are available

Today’s Guest:

Sarah Martone is from Markham, Ontario (Canada) and completed her undergraduate degree in 2017 at the University of Guelph in Honours Zoology, and took a year afterwards to figure out what she wanted to pursue for graduate studies. In 2018, she was accepted to the University of Guelph’s Master of Biomedical Science program, specializing in reproductive biotechnology where she completed her masters research project at the Toronto Zoo. During her program she decided she wanted to pursue a career in public health to use her animal science background and interest in human health. She was accepted this year to the Master of Public Health program at the University of Guelph for the Fall 2019 semester and finished in the spring of 2021. 

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