Law is not an ‘easy’ subject to study, so you are definitely not alone if you are struggling with the volume of content, or if you are becoming anxious about your upcoming assessments or results. The nature of law school can also bear down on you if you are already dealing with mental ill-health.
Provided below are some resources that you can rely on to cope with the pressures that you might face during your degree. Some of them are relate to developing healthy coping mechanisms to reduce stress in the long run. Others provide insight into how law students from around the world deal with their mental healthy. Finally, there are also resources that you can rely on if you are experiencing a mental health crisis, or if you are concerned for a friend or family member. If there are any resources you feel should be on this list, please contact our Wellbeing Director (Rhea Nair).
ANU Counselling Service is open 5 days a week, from 9 am to 4:45pm. Counselling sessions are free to ANU students and can be booked by calling 6125 2442.
BeyondBlue offers a free online wellbeing program called ‘thedesk’ for university students available at: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/healthy-places/secondary-schools-and-tertiary/thedesk
Mindfulness can be a skill that can assist you during your law degree and into employment. Here is an online course to practice mindfulness: http://learnmindfulness.co.uk/mindfulness-e-course/
Law Lifeline provides information about a whole range of issues and experiences that you might have in Law School. The writers are familiar with the unique pressures of law school making the advice particularly relevant and informative: http://www.lawlifeline.org/stay_well
Lifeline provides phone and online support if you are experiencing a mental health crisis: https://www.lifeline.org.au
The Suicide Hotline Service is available 24/7. The hotline and the website can put you in contact with a professional counsellor who can assist if you are experiencing a mental health crisis, or if you are attempting to help a friend: https://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au