Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Law Students Hold Mental Health Day Mar. 27 Throughout U.S. Campuses

Posted by Alan Childress

This press release was issued recently, and it seems like a great project (thanks to GW's Daniel Suvor [his email on the release is here and project's website here] for letting us know):


Washington, DC — On, March 27, 2008, law student leaders will host a series of meetings nationwide to discuss the growing mental health crisis on campuses and the need for proactive steps to curb the challenges faced by students.

The mental health initiative encompasses three main goals: 1) establish the ABA Law Student Division National Mental Health Day, which will be initiated this year on March 27, 2008; 2) create a Mental Health Toolkit [Download toolkit.pdf - ed.] for SBA presidents and law school Deans to increase awareness of mental health issues and provide information on how to implement mental health training and prevention at law school orientation, and 3) to encourage every law school Dean to make mental health professionals available on law school campuses.

“It is our hope that this will encourage law schools and students to confront some of the major mental health issues impacting our campuses and to erase the stigma faced by students coping with mental health problems,” said Daniel Suvor, Chair of the ABA Law Student Division. “The Law Student Division is actively engaging schools to enhance their mental health programming to respond to this growing crisis.”

“Practicing lawyers exhibit clinical anxiety, hostility, and depression at rates that range from 8 to 15 times the general population,” stated Ben Gibson, Vice Chair of Student Bar Associations for the ABA Law Student Division. “If these issues are not dealt with early on they can threaten the success of one’s future professional career.”

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