News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.


Mental Health & Wellness Book: The Mindful Twenty-Something

Are you stressed at law school? Are you an adult between 18 and 29? Then The Mindful Twenty-Something may be a book for you. It’s based on the popular Koru Mindfulness program developed at Duke University and used on university campuses and counseling centers around the country. It’s one of the only evidence-based mindfulness programs developed especially for emerging adults. The book offers you an approach to tackling stress, gaining a healthier life perspective, and facing life’s challenges with calmness and balance – all stuff that’s really useful when law school stress gets you down! You can find the book in our Mental Health & Wellness Collection, located in the Ohio Room as you walk in. All of the books from this collection can be checked out at the circulation desk. You can explore the collection online through our Mental Health & Well-Being research guide.

Mental Health and Wellness Books Available

The Law Library now has a collection of Mental Health and Wellness books in the Ohio Room. You will find books on anxiety, depression, time management, positive/happy lawyering, work-life balance, addiction, and general happiness and wellness.

 

The books are available for checkout.

July Is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and organizations around the country are promoting mental health and wellness in diverse communities. The Office of Minority Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provides statistics, information on mental health disparities, projects and partnerships and health resources and publications. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), also an HHS division, is another source for information on health disparities, and mental health and substance abuse information for specific racial and ethnic populations.

Some ideas for celebrating National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month at C|M|Law –

  • Check out our Mental Health and Well-Being resource guide
  • Browse our Mental Health and Wellness collection of books available for check out in the Ohio Room
  • Use the hashtags #MinorityMentalHealth or #MyHealthMyWay! or #NotACharacterFlaw
  • Treat yourself to a massage on campus
  • Tell a friend about the Counseling Center on campus
  • Keep an eye out for the Quiet Room, which is coming Fall 2018 in the Learning Commons – – it will be a space where all C|M|Law students can take a moment to quietly refocus
  • Be open and supportive with yourself and others in pursuing mental wellness at the law school and in the legal profession

New Online Mindfulness Community for Lawyers and Students

Are you looking for ways to reduce stress, manage anxiety, or just make sure you take a few minutes to breathe every day? Practicing mindfulness can help, and is a valuable part of maintaining wellness and finding work-life balance. A new online community is geared specifically for lawyers interested in mindful practices.

The Mindful Lawyers Community, founded by Jeena Cho and Lauren Clark Rad, offers support and connection. The “goal is to bring together like-minded lawyers who live with mindfulness, value creative practices and care about building a sustainable career with purpose and meaning.” Law students and anyone connected to the legal field are welcome to join. Membership includes unlimited access to the community via Slack, quarterly webinars hosted by experts, drop-in video chat sessions, daily writing and creativity prompts, and monthly habit sprints.

For more on mental health and well-being for law students, check out our resource guide and work-life balance board on Pinterest.

May is Mental Health Month

Mental Health America (MHA) and other organizations promote May as Mental Health Month. MHA’s theme for this May is Fitness #4Mind#Body. This theme focuses on how diet and nutrition, exercise, the gut-brain connection, sleep, and stress impact our wellbeing and mental health. For example, did you know that your gut microbiome (the bacteria, viruses, and fungi that live in your gut) can have a brain connection to anxiety and depression? The MHA website gives you more information on the mental health impact of diet and nutrition, exercise, the gut-brain connection, sleep, and stress. You can also download a helpful toolkit.

So what will you do in the month of May to benefit your mental health and wellbeing?