April 2022, Week 1


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WBI Weekly Digest

Put Yourself First!

Well-Being Wednesday


Bowling! This Friday @ 6pm, we invite everyone to come to Goldy’s Gameroom
in Coffman Memorial Union on the East Bank. You would be able to rent shoes
and bowl 2 games for under $10

Clean Up Mondale! Due to weather conditions, we had to  cancel yesterday's
clean up and are attempting to walk around Mondale and the river Monday at
3 pm! Please reach out if interested. Weather permitting.

Walk around the park! April 17th at 11 am we will be having a group walk
around Lake of the Isles. Please reach out for details or rides! Weather

NAMI Connections Support Group for law students resumes TONIGHT, from
5-6:30pm in Mondale Hall, Room 475. Please see the ‘Resources’ section
below for more details!


   Tonight’s group is the second to last session offered this school year.
   We invite you to stop by if you are even remotely interested so you can
   take advantage of this wonderful resource!

YOU should be your FIRST priority!

As we near finals season, remember to prioritize yourself. Life can get
overwhelming with the endless studying, lengthy papers, and daunting
deadlines. However, YOU and YOUR WELLBEING matter more than any grade or
external marker of “success.”

Practice putting your needs first so it becomes a habit, before finals ramp
up! One great way to do this is by taking small steps to prioritize
yourself every day. Some of our favorite ways to do this include:


   Schedule breaks (and actually take them!) – this helps keep your mind
   fresh and is a more efficient use of your time. It doesn’t make sense to
   re-read a case 5 times. If that happens, it might be your signal to take a

   Say “NO” – setting boundaries is one of the best ways to promote
   self-care. You are in control of your time, your schedule, and your life.
   We know it can be hard, but it is OKAY to say “no” to people. Start by
   taking small steps and saying “no” to little asks to build your confidence.

   Dedicate 15 minutes each day to YOU – maybe you will do yoga, go for a
   walk, make a meal, watch a quick T.V. show, play with your pet, or call a
   friend. It doesn’t matter what you do, just make it your time. We suggest
   that your You Time does NOT include law school :)

   Get some sleep – we know there are a million more things you could be
   doing, but none of that matters if you’re sleep deprived. Seriously, just
   go to bed!

   For more insight, check out The Unselfish Art of Prioritizing Yourself


A 2017 study
highlighted the impact that mindfulness meditation can have in reducing
exam stress. As we enter the home stretch of this semester, try to take
five or 10 minutes a day to meditate using an app like Headspace
or Waking Up <https://wakingup.com/>, both of which have free options.

Song of the Week


Advice Column

The NAMI connections group is tonight!

As you likely know, there in peer-led mental health support group here in
Mondale Hall! It is on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month.

Our next and final group for this semester is April 20th.

We will be back next semester! Likely with a new date and an easier way to
participate remotely within a hybrid model.

This is a space to talk about your mental health in a confidential shame
free environment, regardless of whether you have a diagnosis. If you have
been struggling and want some extra support you are welcome.

I hope to see you in room 475 from 5-6:30pm tonight and/or on the 20th!

Please email me, Sierra Grandy, at [log in to unmask] with
questions/concerns or if you would like to join the Zoom room!

Any questions, concerns, or topics that you’d like some advice on, feel
free to submit them here
You’ll get real advice, and maybe some memes for your situation.

NAMI Connections Group for University of Minnesota Law Students

The NAMI Connection group offers peer-led support for law students living
with mental health disorders who attend the University of Minnesota Law

NAMI Connection is a recovery support group for adults with a mental
illness regardless of their diagnosis. This group is offered free of charge
and is led by trained individuals who are also in recovery – people who
understand the challenges folks with mental illness face.

This is a hybrid model. You can join in-person or via Zoom.

There is a 20 person limit. We still have plenty of room!

No need to register – simply show up!

Who: UMN law students living with mental illness

What: Peer-led support group!

When: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month; 5-6:30pm

Where: Mondale Hall Room 475

This group is completely confidential. It is not therapy.

Click here to see other NAMI Connection Groups offered in Minnesota.

"Character and Fitness" Wellness Group


   Held every Wednesday at 12:30 at Mondale Hall.

   A student-run, safe, strictly confidential, judgment-free, 12-step based
   group welcomes anyone struggling with substance use or in recovery.

   Hybrid meeting. Contact [log in to unmask] for room location and
   Zoom info, or other inquiries.

   In-person attendees must wear a mask while inside the building; see UMN's
   Face Covering Protocol

Let’s Talk  <https://counseling.umn.edu/LetsTalk>


   What: Let’s Talk Counselor in Mondale Hall

   Who: Ms. Kifaya Bishop, Multicultural Counselor from Student Counseling

   When: Every Thursday from 1-3pm

   Where: N20 in the Wellness Room

   No appointment necessary. Drop in.

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers <https://www.mnlcl.org>


   LCL offers resources on substance use and compulsive behaviors, mental
   illness, stress, and well-being

   Support Groups <https://www.mnlcl.org/support-groups/#adhd_support>

      ADD/ADHD Support Group: 2nd and 4th Fridays at noon via Zoom
      (Pre-Registration is required for this group)

      Well-Being Group: Thursdays 12:00-1:00 via Zoom

   Need assistance now? Call 651-646-5590 or 800-525-6466

   For 24-hour phone counseling, call Sand Creek
   <https://www.mnlcl.org/services/counseling/> at 651-430-3383 or

      If asked, say you were referred by LCL

Boynton Mental Health


   To schedule your first appointment, call 612-624-1444

   Offering in-person and telehealth

   Individual and couples therapy available (10-session-per-year limit for
   each type)

   Eating disorder services, ADD/ADHD treatment, alcohol and chemical
   health services, and group therapy available

Looking for a Therapist?

Learn about the various types of mental health professionals and types of
treatments available.


   Types of Mental Health Professionals

   Types of Mental Health Treatments

Psychology Today Find a Therapist Search Tool


   Psychology Today is a great resource to find a therapist

   Filter by specific location, accepted insurance, specialty, issues, age,
   gender, sexuality, language spoken, ethnicity, faith, and more

Fast Tracker  <https://fasttrackermn.org/>


   Search tool for mental health and substance use disorder resources in

Crisis Resources <https://counseling.umn.edu/crisis-services>

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline



   Text ‘MN’ 741741

   Chat Online <https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/>

   Call any time, for any reason

Sand Creek 24/7 Phone Counseling


   651-430-3383 or 888-243-5744

   If asked, say LCL referred you

Community Spaces - NEW!

Community Spaces is a new initiative at the law school! It is for anyone
who is interested in getting together with other Minnesota Law students and
building community.

Third Thursday of the Month from 12:15-1:15pm in Room 3


Third Friday of the Month from 12:15-1:15pm Virtually (

Dates: April 21st & 22nd

NAMI Ramsey County Book Club – First Thursday of the Month

“Join us on the first Thursday of each month to discuss books with a mental
illness theme. Learn through compassionate conversation. See which book
we’re reading at namiramseycounty.org/bookclub.”


   Next sessions: April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4 - Registration Link

NAMI Educational Courses

NAMI offers numerous educational courses for a wide variety of audiences,
all relating to mental health. Check out their current schedule to find a
course that looks interesting to you! (Practically all the courses are

WBI has created a Resources Page on our website
<https://sites.google.com/umn.edu/wbi/resources> where law students can
always go to find support.

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