WBI Weekly Digest

Men’s Mental Health

Well-Being Wednesday

* Graphic from 2018

Gendered experiences can have a large impact on our mental health. While this week’s newsletter focuses on the general experiences of men, we acknowledge that intersectionality of gender/gender identity and other forms of identity greatly impacts each person’s unique lived experience and mental health.  


A Convo Can Save a Bro

As stated in past newsletters, Movember is meant to be bold and put a spotlight on men’s health issues just like a mustache emboldens a face. In this edition we want to highlight the stigma around men’s mental health. Men’s mental health is impacted by gendered experiences. 

Men are 4x more likely to die by suicide than women,1 yet it is reported that women are twice as likely to experience major depression;2 moreover, this could be because men are less likely to report their depression or because they are misdiagnosed due to differing symptoms experienced by men. LGBTQ+ men are even more likely to develop mental health disorders than heterosexual men due to many environmental/societal factors and pressures.1 

The ALEC Method 

While we encourage everyone to speak up when experiencing feelings and symptoms of depression, Movember encourages people to use the ALEC method to check on friends, family, and others who may be showing signs of depression.

Many celebrities have shared their experiences with seeking treatment for mental health conditions.

Likewise, many athletes have recently been vocal about their own and others' mental health. Listen to Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett on ending the stigma around seeking help when you’re struggling. 


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Introducing Meredith Martyr, PhD, LP, HSP

Hello Everyone!

My name is Meredith Martyr PHD LP HSP (she/her) and I am a psychologist at Student Counseling Services (SCS) specializing in graduate student mental health and programming. All of our clinicians at Student Counseling Services have prior experience working with graduate students and understand the unique cultural considerations that are linked to being a graduate student. I was a Gopher for both my undergraduate and graduate educations, and love every moment of being on the University of Minnesota campus! I have previously worked with graduate students clinically in a local private practice and in clinical & outreach duties at Virginia Commonwealth University and University of St. Thomas. I am passing along some helpful information about SCS and our services. We look forward to working with you!

SCS is a short-term counseling center that is free and confidential. We offer telehealth & in-person counseling.

Please go to this link to learn more about how to access our services for individual and group counseling, as well as outreach options: https://counseling.umn.edu/getting-started

We currently offer a Dissertation and Thesis Support Group. If you are interested in learning more please visit this website and scroll down to "Dissertation and Thesis Support Group." https://counseling.umn.edu/groups-workshops

We offer individual and group counseling services for all graduate students, as long as they are considered active status.

I look forward to working with you, as does the whole SCS Clinical Team. Have a wonderful Fall Semester!


Advice Column

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 Law Students

The NAMI Connections 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

Nov 14, Nov 28, Dec 12

Where: Remote; https://umn.zoom.us/j/97566449394

Meeting ID: 975 6644 9394

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

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Let’s Talk 

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Boynton Mental Health

Group Therapy at Boynton Health

Understanding Self and Others for Graduate Students 

Group Leader: Emily Price, PsyD, LP, (she/her)

Tuesdays | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | September 20th - December 6th 

Understanding Self and Others for Black Students

Group Leader: Nomcebo Gugu Nkosi, LPCC (she/her)

Wednesdays | 1:00-2:30 p.m. | September 21st - December 14th

 To join a group, contact Boynton at 612-624-1444. All groups take place in Boynton’s East Bank Clinic.

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

Fast Tracker 

Crisis Resources

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Sand Creek 24/7 Phone Counseling 

NAMI Ramsey County Book Club

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 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 free!)

WBI has created a Resources Page on our website where law students can always go to find support.

UMN Law Well-Being Initiative
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1: https://www.mhanational.org/infographic-mental-health-men

2: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324312#when-to-see-a-doctor

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