Did you know that one in three law students and legal professionals in Australia will suffer some form of psychological distress in their lifetime?
The Deakin Law Students’ Society Geelong is pleased to be participating in the Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA)‘s Wellbeing Week for 2015. ALSA wishes to challenge the stigma attached to mental ill-health in the law, promote a broader and honest conversation on this topic and encourage law students and lawyers to be proactive about their mental health and wellbeing. You can visit the ALSA event page for running updates on their initiatives and resources throughout this week, and follow our social media feeds for further informative posts.
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The legal profession has one of the highest rates of anxiety, depression and other mental health problems, and the signs can often start in law school. According to SurviveLaw, law students are almost three times more likely than other students to experience depression at some point in their university lives.
If your gut says something’s not quite right with someone, chances are that they might need a bit of extra support from the people around them. Today (10th September) DLSS Geelong encourages Deakin University‘s law students to ask each other – #RUOK? After all, healing and help can begin with just one conversation. You can find mental health resources and more information about R U OK Day by visiting their website, especially the link
You can also find out more about Deakin University’s confidential counselling services by clicking here.
In light of the staggeringly high incidence of mental health problems within the legal profession, the Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) Wellbeing Guide is intended to provide students with some practical, holistic and achievable ways of taking care of their health and wellbeing.
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