Friday, July 12, 2019

Law Student Health & Wellness


This picture brings me joy.  It captures the mood among all of us (me, my UT Law emeritus colleague John Sobieski, and a group of UT Law students) after my last UT Law yoga session this past spring.  I need to begin to wrestle with how I will be able to teach yoga at the College of Law this coming semester, since I will be full-time back in the classroom teaching two demanding business law courses (Business Associations and Corporate Finance).  All ideas are welcomed . . . .

My law school yoga teaching came to mind this week not because I am already deep into planning the fall semester (although that comes soon) but because of two independent health/wellness items that hit my radar screen this week.  First, I was reminded that the Knoxville Bar Association (of which I am a member) is offering a full-day continuing legal education program in September entitled "Balancing the Scales of Work and Wellness - Finding Joy through Self-Care Practical Advice & Wellness Strategies".  Second, I learned today that my UT Law colleague Paula Schaefer penned a nifty post yesterday on the Best Practices for Legal Education blog: Examples of How Law Schools are Addressing Law Student Well-Being.  She mentions yoga, although not our UT Law classes.  It seemed that I was being focused on self-care, and that made me think about our UT Law yoga sessions (and the above picture) . . . .

All of this reminded me that I should recommit myself to my goal of learning more about mental health issues and promoting mental health awareness this year.  Health and wellness are far more than physical.  They are emotional and psychological.  I may just try to attend the Knoxville Bar Association program (or part of it).  And I plan to be attentive to the ideas mentioned by Paula in her blog post.

Enjoy the weekend!

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When I teach agency law at the beginning of the semester in this year's Business Associations class, I'm going to distribute the recent New York Times front-page story indicating that many callers are using companies' product/service customer-help lines to call in for what amounts to some form of personal counseling-- which, as a passage late in the article notes, raises liability concerns for the companies.
It occurred to me that that would also be a good time to put up on the board the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, 1-800-273-8255, which I've seen featured at the end of recent Times stories on mental health, and which I carry with me on a small card, next to a bunch of phone numbers and e-mail addresses that I actually use. You (or students) just never know when it might be a good idea to have that number handy to give to someone, or to call with (or about) them. . . .

Posted by: Walter Effross | Jul 13, 2019 11:06:12 AM

Walter, your simple suggestion--carrying the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number with oneself at all times--is so powerful and often overlooked. Thanks so much for this important idea and the reminder of the importance of reaching out for assistance to each other and to professionals. I plan to adopt the idea and ask others to do the same. I know it has saved and will save lives. Many thanks.

Posted by: joanheminway | Jul 13, 2019 11:14:48 AM

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