Mental health and maths

Here’s an event my daughter Molly (who’s a law student) has been organising (with others) for law students and young lawyers:

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It doesn’t just apply to law. Many of the all-time great mathematicians have been hindered by mental-health troubles – Bernhard Riemann, Kurt Gödel, William Rowan Hamilton, Felix Klein, many others – and who knows how many other potentially brilliant mathematicians have failed to gain confidence in their mathematical abilities because of similar troubles.

At least we have a bit more help available, and a bit more awareness in society, about these troubles now. Not enough, but a bit more.

Use what help you can get, and be aware that your fellow-students, in their attitude to mental-health troubles are, whatever the shortcomings, a thousand times more enlightened than my generation of school students were.