Category Archives: Astronomy for mental health

Exploring Mental Well-being Among Postgraduate Students

In a world where academic pursuits often take center stage, the well-being of postgraduate students is a topic of increasing concern. On September 15, 2023, a unique event took place that delved deep into the minds of postgrads, shedding light on their mental health struggles and coping strategies. The Astronomy for Mental Health team, in […]

Article in the CAP Journal: Astronomy for Mental Health Guidelines

OAD Fellow Dominic Vertue and past Fellow Sandra Benitez have published an article in the CAP Journal on guidelines for applying astronomy to benefit mental well-being. Astronomy, with its vast array of tools and resources, can greatly benefit society. One area in need of new approaches and interventions is mental health and well-being. Diminished mental […]

Promoting Intellectual Engagement and Well-being at a Psychiatry Facility

In May 2023, OAD Fellow Dominic Vertue organised a series of educational sessions at the Community Mental Health and Psychiatry Foundation (CMHPF) in Cape Town, South Africa, as part of the Astronomy for Mental Health project. The primary goal was to stimulate intellectual engagement while contributing to overall well-being using astronomy. The sessions used a […]

‘Astronomy for Mental Health’ Project Engages People With Various Cognitive Abilities

The Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) is on a mission to use astronomy, its resources, skills, and people to make the world a better place, regardless of one’s background or cognitive abilities. Recently, the team, led by OAD Fellow Dominic Vertue, conducted interactive and exploratory astronomy sessions at three Community Mental Health and Psychiatry […]

Mental Health Matters magazine: Intersection Between Astronomy and Mental Health

OAD Fellow Dominic Vertue has published an article on the “Intersection Between Astronomy and Mental Health” in the Mental Health Matters magazine. Dominic together with Armine Patatanyan and Sandra Benitez has been studying the opportunities that arise where astronomy and mental health intersect. They are examining the link between astronomy activities and the change of […]