New Website Resource for Law Students to Address Emotional Health Issues on Campus
NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — 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.
“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.”
The Jed Foundation recently relaunched ULifeline.org, a similar resource for all college and university students that is provided to schools free of charge. Both LawLifeline and ULifeline have been developed with input from leading experts in mental health and higher education. Law students and campus mental health professionals can visit LawLifeline at www.LawLifeline.org.
About The Jed Foundation
The Jed Foundation (TJF) is the nation’s leading organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college students. TJF materials and tools are available to all colleges and universities throughout the United States. Founded in 2000 by parents who lost a son to suicide while he was attending college, the organization has developed numerous programs including ULifeline, an online resource that gives students access to campus-specific resources and allows them to take an anonymous emotional health screening; the Peabody Award-winning Half of Us campaign with mtvU, which uses online, on-air and on-campus programming to decrease stigma around mental illness and encourage help-seeking; Love is Louder, a movement online and in communities to build connectedness and increase resiliency; Transition Year, an online resource center to help parents and students focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition; and a portfolio of nationally-recognized tools, resources and training programs that help campuses effectively promote mental health and protect at-risk students. Learn more by visiting www.jedfoundation.org, www.ulifeline.org, www.halfofus.com, www.loveislouder.com and www.transitionyear.org.
About The Dave Nee Foundation
The Dave Nee Foundation was created in the wake of the 2005 suicide of Dave Nee, a brilliant individual who struggled silently with depression for many years. The Dave Nee Foundation’s innovative and unique program, Uncommon Counsel, fights depression and works to prevent suicide by educating law students about depression, its prevalence in the legal profession, and the availability and effectiveness of treatment. The Dave Nee Foundation also administers a grant-giving program that includes an annual grant awarded to a deserving organization whose mission is to support those with depression and/or prevent suicide.
SOURCE The Jed Foundation