Format: Online EventsOnline
Dates: 10/04/2021 - 10/10/2021
Sponsor: ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP)
Law Student Division
Young Lawyers Division
ABA Coordinating Group on Practice Forward
ABA Center For Professional Responsibility
List Price: Free
ABA Member Price: Free
Sponsor Member Price: Free
The ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) Law School Committee and the ABA Law Student Division are partners once again in the annual Law Student Mental Health Day Initiative. Our world continues to be filled with many challenges and stresses, and Mental Health Day 2021 is an opportunity for us to recommit to our personal well-being. Please join us. We are identifying some national programming and, as always, encourage law schools and LAPs to build additional local programs for engagement in your communities. Please be well and stay safe!
Events we have planned include:
Monday, October 4, 1pm
This program will be introduced by Congressman Jamie Raskin, who will speak about his experience as the father of a law student who died of suicide this year. The program will feature a powerful video highlighting the stories of lawyers and judges speaking of their own experience with suicide. The program will include commentary by Chris Ritter, Director of the Texas Lawyers Assistance program, and Meridith Carpenter-Black, Legal Services Provider and Psychotherapist. They will also guide a discussion of practical strategies for intervening with colleagues and loved ones.
Thursday, October 7, 4pm
This national conversation for law schools and law students will be moderated by Lannette Richardson, Chair of the ABA Law Student Division and a Law Student at Southern University Law Center. Panelists will include ABA leaders from the Coordinating Committee on Practice Forward who have participated in a national survey looking at the impact of the pandemic on the legal profession and lessons for moving forward. The survey identified impacts of our pandemic on our lives and work, and some practical suggestions for moving forward. We hope for an interactive conversation by Zoom.
Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10
Social Media Hashtag Campaign: Days of well-being. Each and every one of us can up our commitment to make the time to move around and stay healthy. Choose your activity, and post a picture using the hashtags #LawStudentWellness and #ABAMentalHealth.
- Twitter: #LawStudentWellness / #ABAMentalHealth
- Facebook: #LawStudentWellness / #ABAMentalHealth
- Instagram: #LawStudentWellness / #ABAMentalHealth
- Law Student Division Mental Health Resources
- Mental Health Toolkit
- Essential Mental Health & Wellness Resources
- Survey of Law Student Well-Being
- National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being
- Bazelon Center: Bar Exam Resources for Law Students and Graduates (Character and Fitness)
- Well-Being Template for Legal Employers
- Well-Being Toolkit for Lawyers and Legal Employers
- The Anti-Stigma Campaign
- ABA Law Assistance Programs