Promoting Mental Wellbeing in Law Students: Breaking-Down Stigma & Building Bridges with Peers and Support Services in the Online Learning Environment

  • Lynda Crowley-Cyr University of Southern Queensland

Abstract

This article discusses a pilot project as part of a regional law school’s initiative to respond to findings of high levels of distress experienced by law students during their tertiary studies. The project involved an inter-disciplinary collaborative approach to developing and implementing modifications to the content and assessment of an existing third year law course offered both on campus and online. The main foci were raising awareness about mental health and barriers to wellbeing, and improving student connections with their peers and with psychological support, especially for those studying by distance. Predictably, the preliminary results show both positive outcomes and unanticipated lessons.

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