Category Archives: Astronomy for mental health

Mental Health Interventions in Times of Conflict: A Summary of Considerations and Best Practices

In the tumultuous landscape of conflict, where every headline screams of violence and destruction, there exists a quieter, yet equally devastating reality—the silent struggles of those grappling with the invisible wounds of war. It is a reality that often goes unnoticed amidst the chaos, overshadowed by the urgent demands of immediate physical humanitarian relief. However, […]

‘Colour the Cosmos’ at Science Forum 2023

By Dominic Vertue and Joyful Mdhluli At Science Forum South Africa 2023, the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) extended an invitation to participants, urging them to “Colour the Cosmos” and craft their own exoplanet for a chance to win a telescope. This engaging activity attracted individuals of all ages who enthusiastically painted or drew. […]

Dark Sky Writing Retreat Rejuvenates Students

The OAD’s Astronomy for Mental Health team recently collaborated with the Centre for Sustainability Transitions (CST) in Stellenbosch to organize an innovative writing retreat for Master’s and PhD students. This unique blend of academia and night sky activities aimed to explore the potential of dark sky areas in enhancing concentration and fostering productivity, particularly in […]

Writing in a Universe of Peace and Chaos

written by Alboricah Rathupetsane, PhD student at the Centre for Sustainability Transitions, Stellenbosch University who participated in the writing retreat program in Sutherland, South Africa organised by the OAD’s Astro for Mental Health team A different kind of peace emerges from the vastness and emptiness of Sutherland. It is borne from the lack of embellishment […]

IAPS-OAD Mental Health Workshop on “Planetary Self-Care Activities”

On November 4, 2023, the OAD’s Astronomy for Mental Health group, in partnership with the International Association of Physics Students (IAPS), conducted a pair of virtual workshops tailored for physics students. These sessions were dedicated to exploring the potential of astronomy as a tool for enhancing mental well-being. The workshops commenced with introductions to the […]