WBI Weekly Digest
Welcome back, or for the first time, to Mondale Hall! We hope you had a fulfilling, restful, and enjoyable summer. We are grateful you are part of our Minnesota Law community!
Every Wednesday, WBI sends our weekly Well-Being Wednesday newsletters! This newsletter is the best way to be on the lookout for student-run wellbeing programs, community events, and ways to get involved.
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Programs, Events, and Exciting Things to Kick Off the School Year!
WBI Mentorship Program
We need mentors! The mentorship program is a staple of WBI. We have a large interest in students wanting to get involved with the program this year! Right now, we need more 2Ls and 3Ls to serve as mentors for our interested mentees!
As a mentor/mentee duo, you get to choose how often you meet. As a mentor, you can help guide your mentee through law school using your own experiences. This is purely a peer-to-peer opportunity to share your advice and wisdom with other law students! It is also a great way to meet new people.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please fill out this form.
WBI has three subcommittees: Physical, Personal, and Academic.
The physical subcommittee focuses on student physical health and wellbeing.
The personal subcommittee focuses on student mental health and wellbeing.
The academic subcommittee focuses on student academic and career wellbeing.
Most of our events and initiatives are planned by members of the subcommittees. We are eagerly planning events and programs. Be on the lookout for exciting happenings throughout the school year.
WE WANT YOU to join one of our subcommittees!! Fill out this form to express your interest! We are ALWAYS looking for new students to join – we love new ideas and perspectives!
Stress Management for Law Students
Friday, September 16 ~ 12:15pm-1:15pm ~ Mondale Hall, Room 7
Come join us as we team up with Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers to equip law students with coping skills and strategies to manage stress in law school. The beginning of the school year is the perfect time to gain skills so you have strategies in your toolbox to manage stress when life gets overwhelming. Chase Andersen from LCL will be presenting and will be around to answer any questions!
Walk-ins welcome, but you can also register HERE.
NAMI Connections Group for Minnesota Law Students
The NAMI Connection group offers peer-led support for law students living with mental health disorders who attend any Minnesota Law School (UMN Law, St. Thomas, Mitchell Hamline).
NAMI Connection is a recovery support group for adults with a mental illness regardless of their diagnosis. (Aka… you don’t need an official diagnosis to join us). 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.
Who: Law students living with mental illness (No diagnosis required)
What: Peer-led support group!
When: 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month; 4:30-6:00pm
Where: Remote; https://umn.zoom.us/j/97566449394
Meeting ID: 975 6644 9394
See attached flyer.
This group is confidential. It is not therapy.
Click here to see other NAMI Connection Groups offered in Minnesota.
"Character and Fitness" Wellness Group
A student-run, safe, strictly confidential, judgment-free, casual support group welcomes anyone struggling with substance use or who is in recovery.
Who: University of Minnesota law students struggling with substance use or who are in recovery
What: Student-run, peer support group
When: Held every Friday at 12:30
Where: Mondale Hall
Hybrid meeting: Contact [log in to unmask] for room location, Zoom info, support, or other inquiries.
See attached flyer.
Find Mental Health Care Now!
We want to stress the importance of prioritizing your mental health and wellbeing. While you may be feeling great right now, law school and unexpected life events can become overwhelming. Therefore, it is important to set up your mental health care NOW, even before you may feel that you need the extra support. With a nationwide lack of mental health providers, we suggest getting set up with mental health support early. It can take months to see a provider – if you get on a waitlist now, by the time midterms and finals roll around, you will already have the professional support at your fingertips!
Here are some tips:
Already have an existing therapist? See if you can continue working with them across state lines/virtually. This may be dependent on your insurance.
Maintenance counseling is amazing! You don’t need to be in a crisis to see a mental health professional. Start by seeing a therapist 1-2x/month, then you have an established provider when you are looking for that extra support.
Take your time picking the right provider. Ask to have a phone, Zoom, or in-person consultation before you solidify the relationship. It is important that you feel comfortable, at ease, and trust your mental health provider.
It is okay to switch between therapists. It is all about finding the right fit.
If you know you will be needing psychiatric medications, get that squared away now. Talk to your existing doctor about how to transition care to Minnesota or how you can keep using them as your provider.
Not sure where to start? Here are a few resources:
Boynton is the University-run mental health provider
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
BOYNTON FILLS UP EXTREMELY QUICKLY. SCHEDULE YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT ASAP SO YOU ARE AN ESTABLISHED PATIENT FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.
LCL offers resources on substance use and compulsive behaviors, mental illness, stress, and well-being
LCL offers free counseling through Sand Creek for any issue that causes stress or distress.
LCL Support Groups
ADD/ADHD Support Group: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 12:00pm via Zoom (Pre-Registration is required for this group. Email [log in to unmask])
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 at 651-430-3383 or 888-243-5744 (If asked, say you were referred by LCL)
Looking for a Therapist?
Learn about the various types of mental health professionals and types of treatments available.
Psychology Today Find a Therapist Search Tool
Psychology Today is a great resource to find a therapist
Filter by specific location, accepted insurance, sliding scale, specialty, issues, age, gender, sexuality, language spoken, ethnicity, faith, and more
Search tool for mental health and substance use disorder resources in Minnesota
September is National Suicide Prevention Month
All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness.
This summer, the 988 Lifeline went active! Now anyone can dial 988 to be connected to the Lifeline.
Suicide Prevention: Every Lawyer’s Opportunity – Read the article HERE
Learn about the risk of suicide HERE
Learn about 988 and the crisis response system HERE
You are important. You belong. We need you in this world.
Suicide Awareness and Prevention CLE Presented by LCL
Tuesday, September 13, 4-5 p.m.
“Our profession's stress is a predictor for depression, and untreated depression is the #1 predictor for suicide. Lawyers must also deal with the fact that clients can be suicidal. This program will help you understand facts and myths about suicide; recognize signs and indicators for depression, anxiety, and suicide; and provide resources and a protocol for offering and seeking help to prevent suicide. September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day.”
More information and registration here.
Minnesota Disability Bar Association
This new organization is for legal professionals with disabilities and their allies.
Disability Awareness, Rights, and Justice CLE, 9/22, 12-1 p.m. Register here. Available in-person and via Zoom.
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Hey all! My name is Sierra, I'm a 2L. Here are some 10 wellness and/or law school tips that I would like to pass on to you. Some are silly, some are serious, all are from personal experience. I hope one is helpful for you.
Bring a fork or spoon in your lunch. (Also, bring a lunch and a snack!) There is one singular metal spoon in N20 at the moment, but if it's anything like the forks it is probably gone by the time you read this. The plastic silverware is not guaranteed to be refilled.
Take your mental health seriously. Law school is hard. I know we all have a lot on our plates, but please start looking into therapy options and, if applicable, get in contact with the Disability Resource Center now rather than in the middle of the semester after a small break down in your Torts Professors’ office hours.
Sleep. Make sure you are prioritizing sleep. Get your 7-9 hours a night. Your body, mind, and grades will thank you.
Drink water. Yes, there is now more easily available coffee in N20, but for every cup of coffee please consider drinking a cup or two of water. Dehydration and over-caffeination may lead to odd answers during cold calls
Talk to your professors. They are here to teach you the law, but they are also very valuable in helping you figure out what are the options in the legal field.
Play. Find ways to have fun. Life is so much more than law school. Don't take yourself too seriously.
Watch out for putting too many obligations on your plate. (I'm being a bit hypocritical right now but ignore that). It's great to be involved, but don't let the student org obligations take as much time as your actual classes, unless you like that vibe, then you do you.
Move your body! Movement and exercise are helpful in preventing burnout and can help you retain what you learn.
Don't be afraid to make mistakes. They happen. If you spend your time trying to avoid them you will not have the opportunity to learn from them. Ride the wave of embarrassment, shake it off, and learn.
Organize. One of the hardest parts of law school is organizing and prioritizing your obligations and readings. There will be days that you cannot finish all of your readings, that is ok. Do what is the most important and leave the rest. A bad cold call happens to us all and working yourself to burnout will not prevent that.
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.
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Text ‘MN’ 741741
Call any time, for any reason
Línea de Prevención del Suicidio y Crisis - dial 988
Options for Deaf & Hard of Hearing - for TTY users: use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 988.
Veterans Crisis Line - dial 988 then press 1
Sand Creek 24/7 Phone Counseling
651-430-3383 or 888-243-5744
If asked, say LCL referred you
Join NAMI Ramsey County on the first Thursday of each month to discuss books with a mental illness theme. Learn through compassionate conversation. See which book they’re reading at namiramseycounty.org/bookclub.
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 free!)
WBI has created a Resources Page on our website where law students can always go to find support.
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