Resilience : Law School : The University of Western Australia

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The Law School recognises the increasingly high incidence of mental illness within the legal profession generally and within Law Schools more specifically.

Our commitment 

The School's commitment to students is:

  • To encourage open, honest and constructive communication between staff and students regarding mental health 
  • Facilitate access to and promote the use of professional resources and platforms to help students understand and build resilience
  • Raise awareness about mental health and the various ways mental illnesses can manifest (anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, etc.)

On-campus resources

  • UWA Counselling Services - includes individual counselling, self-help, skillshops, information on bullying, anxiety, depression and much more
  • UWA Medical Centre - offers services including general consultation, travel and vaccination advice and sexual health information
  • Student Services - a useful resource where you will be able to find important including information on how to apply for an extension using a special consideration form. 
  • Students Passionate About Mental Health - a student organisation dedicated to raising awareness about the link between mental health and general health and wellbeing and promoting a positive perception of mental health services. 
  • The Blackstone Society - has a mental health program complete with workshops, events and student representatives. You can email to get in contact with a student and to find out more information

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Resilience at Law

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Online resources 

  • Beyond Blue - a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related disorders in Australia
  • Mentally Healthy Campus Strategy - provides information and resources for maintaining mental wellbeing whilst studying, recognising and managing common mental health issues, accessing support services and getting involved in relevant training opportunities
  • Coping with Stress - provides practical information and tips on how to recognise and manage stress
  • SHARE - The Sexuality, Sexual Health and Relationships Education (SHARE) program aims to increase positive attitudes, knowledge, skills and behaviour intention associated with sexuality, sexual decision making, sexual health and relationships among students studying and living at UWA.
  • Managing Stress - the University of Canberra offers several tips on how to deal with the pressures of university life
  • Black Dog Institute - takes an educational, clinical and community-oriented approach to offering expertise in depression and bipolar disorder
  • SANE Australia - a national organisation working through campaigning, education and research to help people affected by mental illness. Check out SANE Mobile too
  • Reach Out - a website that can help with stress, anxiety, depression and relationships
  • Australian Drug Foundation - a national organisation working to prevent substance problems in communities.
  • Council for International Students of Western Australia (CISWA) - supporting international students in a variety of capacities including regular social gatherings like barbecues and lunches, and many other wellbeing initiatives. 
  • Healthline - Have published an infographic detailing the effects of depression on the body.  This is an interactive chart allowing the reader to pick the side effect they want to learn about.
  • Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance: Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing and work/study performance in this online course.

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Other tools

  • Mood Gym - an online tool designed to help people prevent and cope with depression
  • Ecouch - another online tool which helps identify emotional problems and offers guidance on how to overcome them
  • DepressioNet a range of interactive human services using online technologies for Australians living with depression
  • Reach Out - Australia’s leading youth mental health service.  Includes things like apps and tools to help you stay mentally healthy, forums to chat and voice your opinion and tips on how to get through stressful times like exams.
  • Music Feedback – Australian musicians write, sing and talk about mental health 

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  • The Girl's Guide to Law School -  although this resource is designed for women, it addresses issues relevant to all Law students.  Resources include assignment tips, information on interviews and job hunting, what to do in your first few weeks of law school and more.
  • Generation JD - a blog by young lawyers, addressing everything from advice, to jobs, to travel. 
  • Above the Law - a website discussing all things Law-related, addressing topics such as lawsuit of the day, legal technology and a career centre.

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