What does your school do to promote mental health?

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What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby Slimpee » Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:06 pm

Hey TLSers, I hope you're all having great semesters!

I'm on my school's SBA and working on some mental health initiatives. I would really appreciate hearing about what various schools are doing to promote mental health awareness. Examples: flyers and posters promoting awareness, advertising the counseling service (if available), special programs highlighting the mental health issues that can arise during 1L and later, counseling services in the law school itself, etc.

-Does your school/SBA have a Wellness Committee?
-Are mental health issues discussed at your school?

Responses will a huge help in developing future mental health initiatives at my school. Thank you!

(Feel free to respond here or PM me)

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby jessuf » Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:53 pm

My school has free counseling services through an affiliate local university. They also have therapy dogs pretty often on campus. There is also a wellness fair every semester. I'm not sure what happens there because I've never been, but the most recent one had free massages. There's also yoga on campus at least once a week.

I personally don't find speakers/seminars/whatever very useful. I was required to attend some luncheon about staying sane while in law school. I found it pretty useless. Everyone knows law school is stressful, especially around finals.

I do love the therapy dogs, though. What would also be awesome is discounted massages. Maybe once every other week, students can sign up for a discounted 30 minute massage somewhere on campus (by a licensed massage therapist, of course). More yoga classes/advertising of them would be nice too. They offer them at weird times right now, so I just stick to the gym.

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby Sapientia » Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:10 am

puppies

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby lobolawyer » Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:24 am

Yoga classes and 2 free massages per semester.

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby Ded Precedent » Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:27 am

Anti-depressants and crying.

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby shock259 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:32 am

One professor does a meditation session every few weeks. Counseling/therapy is free through the university (but the law school doesn't promote this). They do a stress management meeting near finals. That's about all I can think of. Basically, not a whole lot.

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby ben4847 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:33 am

Unlimited free therapy!
(Still, I'd rather have Yale's stress puppy...)

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby mi-chan17 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:29 am

Our SBA has a wellness committee that puts on a wellness event every week, and we have access to the local bar's counseling services as well as the university's.

Starting next year, the administration is undertaking an initiative to re-work how 1L students get supported academically, socially, and vocationally in an effort to improve mental well-being. We will see how that goes; hopefully well, but no one really has any idea.

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby sambeber » Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:49 am

I go to Georgetown. For all the other plusses and minuses widely discussed on the board, this is an example of an area where, judging by earlier posters, a big school can bring its big resources to bear on a particular issue. It's these kind of things that, while not determinative of most people's choice of school, are at least worthwhile to consider (if the particular issue is important to you). For instance, off the top of my head I can think of:

Yoga classes
Therapy at the law school and referrals to local specialists
Therapeutic dogs around exams
Near-daily meditation and mindfulness meetings
A holistic program called "Lawyers in Balance" that runs the whole semester
"Contemplative Law Society" student group
A monthly "Wellness Newsletter"
Massage services at the gym on campus
Health and wellness fairs once a year/semester

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby LeDique » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:18 am

shock259 wrote:One professor does a meditation session every few weeks. Counseling/therapy is free through the university (but the law school doesn't promote this). They do a stress management meeting near finals. That's about all I can think of. Basically, not a whole lot.


To add to this a bit, the free university counseling is limited to 6 individual counseling appointments per year, and after 6, you just have to pay unless you have the university's student health insurance. There's also groups, some of which are drop-in and some of which are referral, and the most relevant is a grad school stress group (drop-in, I think). I know at some point last semester I got e-mails about a law school stress group. The Dean of Students mentioned to me the that university counseling center is looking to be more involved with us though.

I genuinely don't know because I don't do it: wouldn't TELOS sort of qualify?

We don't have a wellness committee on our SBA.

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby howell » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:32 am

I cannot recall my T2 state law school ever mentioning any kind of mental health initiative. If I hunt on my school's website, there is a link to the main university's "programs" which included counseling and other services.

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby cinephile » Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:04 am

We supposedly have mental health services, but they're really just referrals to clinics that don't accept our student health insurance, so it's not much help.

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby sundance95 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:17 am

Thursday kegs.

ETA: Okay, I'm pretty sure there's free counseling too.

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby ben4847 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:22 am

My school tries to ease stress by having predictable grading based on a fixed curve.

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby kapital98 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:04 pm

ben4847 wrote:My school tries to ease stress by having predictable grading based on a fixed curve.


:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby Slimpee » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:32 pm

Thanks for the responses!

My school is just getting started so we are looking at lots of different ways of improving mental health awareness.

We've looked at getting therapy dogs, doing wellness events, increasing the visibility of the free counseling service, etc.

Anyone else wanna chime in with what has and has not worked at your school?

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby dailygrind » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:42 pm

I would kill for the free massage. Or maybe I'd pay like 50 bucks for it. Whatever.

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby dudders » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:44 pm

mi-chan17 wrote:we have access to the local bar's counseling services as well as the university's.


GW apparently reports use of their counseling services as part of their report for your bar application, so I don't consider that "promoting" mental health. Maybe just promoting stress.

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby reformed calvinist » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:47 pm

dudders wrote:
mi-chan17 wrote:we have access to the local bar's counseling services as well as the university's.


GW apparently reports use of their counseling services as part of their report for your bar application, so I don't consider that "promoting" mental health. Maybe just promoting stress.


Wait, seriously? Damn. Do they give the bar your DSM-IV number too? Wtf.

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby dudders » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:53 pm

reformed calvinist wrote:
dudders wrote:
mi-chan17 wrote:we have access to the local bar's counseling services as well as the university's.


GW apparently reports use of their counseling services as part of their report for your bar application, so I don't consider that "promoting" mental health. Maybe just promoting stress.


Wait, seriously? Damn. Do they give the bar your DSM-IV number too? Wtf.


I don't know exactly what they do and don't disclose; it probably depends on what your bar wants from them re: C&F. The school as an institution reports on you (grades, disciplinary, etc.), and since counseling services are part of the school, I'm sure they're obligated to report whatever it is the bar is asking, and that you consented in some way by applying to the damn bar and requesting that your school sends this information. I wouldn't be surprised if it's the same at other schools.

I learned this at something official during 1L (orientation? health and wellness fair?). I don't remember, but it was from someone official, like a dean or someone from the counseling center. They basically said use the free DC bar visits first, because it's up to you to self-report them ... not that you should lie to bar anyway if whatever you did there/went there for is within the context of their C&F.

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby I.P. Daly » Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:14 pm

dudders wrote:
mi-chan17 wrote:we have access to the local bar's counseling services as well as the university's.


GW apparently reports use of their counseling services as part of their report for your bar application, so I don't consider that "promoting" mental health. Maybe just promoting stress.


I thought most state bars require the applicant to basically sign a HIPAA release, and than the bar contacts the school about mental health issues...

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby Mattalones » Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:39 pm

My school brings in a therapy dog and offers massages. Classmates also have sex with each other sometimes.

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby reformed calvinist » Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:43 pm

dudders wrote:
reformed calvinist wrote:
dudders wrote:
mi-chan17 wrote:we have access to the local bar's counseling services as well as the university's.


GW apparently reports use of their counseling services as part of their report for your bar application, so I don't consider that "promoting" mental health. Maybe just promoting stress.


Wait, seriously? Damn. Do they give the bar your DSM-IV number too? Wtf.


I don't know exactly what they do and don't disclose; it probably depends on what your bar wants from them re: C&F. The school as an institution reports on you (grades, disciplinary, etc.), and since counseling services are part of the school, I'm sure they're obligated to report whatever it is the bar is asking, and that you consented in some way by applying to the damn bar and requesting that your school sends this information. I wouldn't be surprised if it's the same at other schools.

I learned this at something official during 1L (orientation? health and wellness fair?). I don't remember, but it was from someone official, like a dean or someone from the counseling center. They basically said use the free DC bar visits first, because it's up to you to self-report them ... not that you should lie to bar anyway if whatever you did there/went there for is within the context of their C&F.


Time to take that leave of absence...

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby mi-chan17 » Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:08 am

dudders wrote:
reformed calvinist wrote:
dudders wrote:
mi-chan17 wrote:we have access to the local bar's counseling services as well as the university's.


GW apparently reports use of their counseling services as part of their report for your bar application, so I don't consider that "promoting" mental health. Maybe just promoting stress.


Wait, seriously? Damn. Do they give the bar your DSM-IV number too? Wtf.


I don't know exactly what they do and don't disclose; it probably depends on what your bar wants from them re: C&F. The school as an institution reports on you (grades, disciplinary, etc.), and since counseling services are part of the school, I'm sure they're obligated to report whatever it is the bar is asking, and that you consented in some way by applying to the damn bar and requesting that your school sends this information. I wouldn't be surprised if it's the same at other schools.

I learned this at something official during 1L (orientation? health and wellness fair?). I don't remember, but it was from someone official, like a dean or someone from the counseling center. They basically said use the free DC bar visits first, because it's up to you to self-report them ... not that you should lie to bar anyway if whatever you did there/went there for is within the context of their C&F.


Huh. That kind of sucks. This apparently was left out in my mental health orientation bit as a 1L....or I just wasn't paying attention.

I thought the bar makes you HIPAA release all your mental health stuff, though, so maybe it doesn't make a huge difference? I have no idea, I only know that in theory we can go to GW's counseling people. I guess I'll start telling my mentees that if they need to talk it out, DC bar should be stop one.

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Re: What does your school do to promote mental health?

Postby ben4847 » Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:11 am

I dunno what y'all are telling mental health services...




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