Posted September 11, 2012 by

Law Students the Focus for Website Dealing with Emotional and Mental Health

While college can bring challenges to many students, those in the field of law may be facing more serious issues that need to be dealt with.  A new website designed for law students may be helpful to their emotional and mental health.

As we enter a new school year,  students not only face academic challenges, but must also be prepared to deal with emotional and mental health issues.  In particular, law students find themselves at greater risk for such issues.  To help address this, LawLifeline.org has been launched as a resource for law students providing information about a wide range of emotional health issues, including anxiety, depression and stress.  It offers a free anonymous, confidential web-based resource center allowing students to not only search for information, but to learn how to go about seeking help if they need it.  LawLifeline is a project of The Jed Foundation, the nation’s leading organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among America’s college students, and The Dave Nee Foundation, which works to fight depression and prevent suicide among law students.

John MacPhee

John MacPhee, Executive Director of The Jed Foundation

“Law students can face significant academic and financial pressures, but they may also struggle, or know someone who is struggling, with emotional health issues,” says John MacPhee, Executive Director of The Jed Foundation.  “We are proud to partner with The Dave Nee Foundation on LawLifeline and are committed to helping support the emotional well-being of law students by providing them with a confidential resource they can use to get the assistance they may need.”

LawLifeline content covers a wide-range of emotional health topics relevant for law students in their daily lives.  In addition, the site features a Self Evaluator, a confidential mental health screening tool created in collaboration with Duke University to assess the issues for which a student may need to seek help.  It also includes a special Counselor section that provides counseling professionals with information, ideas and tools for supporting student health and preventing suicide.

“We are incredibly honored to partner with The Jed Foundation to help bring LawLifeline to law schools across the country,” says Wynne Kelly, Esq., President of The Dave Nee Foundation.  “Our hope is that it will serve as both an informational resource and useful tool for law students who think they might be experiencing mental health issues.”

Law students and campus mental health professionals can visit LawLifeline at www.LawLifeline.org.

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