This has been designed as a resource for you to promote positive mental health during your law degree. Everyone will have a different learning experience, and will face unique challenges during their time at university. As such, this guide is general, and does not aim to replace professional services, but I hope it can provide you with some ideas to promote your mental and physical wellbeing holistically. Importantly, this Handbook also brings together extensive resources for support throughout the ANU College of Law, the broader ANU and the Canberra community.
Studying law at university is a challenging experience. It can be rewarding in many ways, but it can also be a time of great stress for students. Good mental health is something that we must all work towards in the same way that we put effort in to looking after ourselves physically. Law school can be an isolating and competitive environment. It is crucial that the ANU College of Law does everything it can to promote structures and teaching that give students autonomy, respect and opportunities for positive growth. It is also crucial that as individuals, and as a community, we do everything we can to look after our own wellbeing, and the wellbeing of those around us.
Every student should feel supported during their studies and the LSS and Law School are here to offer that support. If you ever experience harassment, bullying or discrimination (whether because of your gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability) you have the right to seek redress. You should feel respected during your time at university, so that you can achieve your full academic potential.
No matter where you are in your degree or in your life, know that you matter, and you deserve respect and support. If you are ever struggling, we are here to support you. Stigma undoubtedly surrounds mental health in our community at large, but the LSS is committed to smashing this stigma and supporting the ANU law community. You can reach out at any time, please never hesitate to get in touch if you have a question, concern, idea or just want to have a chat.
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