Mental Health & Wellness at Windsor Law

Welcome

Windsor Law recognizes the importance of good mental health as imperative to the practice of ethical, justice-seeking lawyering.

We believe that taking personal mental health and wellness seriously is of utmost importance for all law students. As such, the faculty of law is proud to provide services to enable students in building their resilience, healthy habits, and space to discuss personal challenges, and receive support when they need it. 

As a faculty, we are committed to inclusivity and accessible legal education. Improving wellness in the faculty, and providing a rich legal education are synchronized interests. Addressing mental health issues within our community makes happier and healthier individuals, but also better students and members of the legal profession. 

Law school does not have to be synonymous with poor student and practitioner health - it is not a necessary by-product of a rigorous legal education. It needs to be treated as the serious problem it is. We encourage students to build resilience, social supports, reach out for help when needed- because no one can do it alone.

Resources Available at Windsor Law

In 2016 the University of Windsor’s Student Counselling Centre (SCC) in partnership with Windsor Law, employed a Clinical Therapist to work directly with any registered law students. The Clinical Therapist’s role is to assist the Faculty of Law with student wellness including clinical intervention, prevention and support. The Clinical Therapist provides FREE, CONFIDENTIAL consultations, referrals and mental health counselling.

Law school can be an exciting and dynamic experience, it can also present some challenges. Outside of the obvious academic pressures, students may have to deal with stresses related to:

• Physical or mental illness (e.g., depression, anxiety)
• Family issues
• Sexuality or identity
• The end of important relationships
• Illness or death of a loved one
• Living away from home
• Financial concerns

Sometimes coping with one or more of these stresses can prove to be overwhelming. Windsor Law’s Clinical Therapist and the professional staff of the Student Counselling Centre are here to help!

The University offers short-term counselling and therapy services to students who may be experiencing a number of emotional and or behavioural difficulties during the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Learn more about Counselling Services at Windsor Law.

An Elder in Residence is an Indigenous person who adopts the role of surrogate grandmother or grandfather and is available on campus to counsel students, faculty and staff for mental, spiritual, emotional and physical health needs from a holistic Indigenous perspective. Elders have a great deal of life experiences and immense knowledge with specific expertise in the Indigenous Culture and traditions that they are eager to share with younger generations.

Learn more about the Elder in Residence at Windsor Law. 

The Windsor Law Mental Health and Wellness Initiative is a group of law student volunteers and the Clinical Therapist working together to inspire school-work-life balance. We run events throughout the year “Wellness Wednesdays” and aim to give students tools and reminders to care for themselves as a student, but also into their careers.

Caring for your wellbeing and mental health:

  1. Increases your performance. Research shows that taking the time to care for your physical and mental health not only makes you happier and better able to withstand stress, but also more productive and successful!
  2. Protect your investment in yourself. It is well documented that lawyers are at higher risk for anxiety, depression and substance use. These issues are difficult and costly (to your career, relationships, financially) to deal with in the long run. Caring for your mental health is a good investment!
  3. Help you build the incredibly important “soft skills” of lawyering. Being aware of these issues can make you a better lawyer- dealing with clients who may be struggling- recognizing signs and symptoms you can direct them where to get help.
  4. Makes Windsor Law an even better place to be. Creating a supportive environment and building a greater sense of community - you are going to be here for the next three years, why not make it a positive place to be? Let’s support and look out for each other, be kind to others and ourselves. 

https://www.facebook.com/WinLawWellness/

Self-directed self-help. Take a self-assessment and work on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy modules for Anxiety, Depression, Substance Misuse, Relationship issues, Pain Management and more.

More info: http://www.uwindsor.ca/studentexperience/358/tao

JustBalance is a provincially funded online resource and support site aimed at promoting the well-being of law students.

https://www.justbalance.ca/

Peer Mentorship Program has been helping ease the transition into 1L by matching first-year students with upper-year mentors who share similar academic and social interests.

For more information visit: http://www.uwindsor.ca/law/peermentorshipprogram/

 

After Hours Support

The Community Crisis Centre is a partnership of area hospitals and social organizations committed to providing 24-hour crisis response services to residents of Windsor and Essex County who are experiencing serious mental illness and/or acute psychosocial problems.

A variety of services are provided to reach individuals in crisis, including a 24-hour crisis phone line, follow-up crisis counselling and referrals. Crisis Walk-in Service is available at Windsor Regional Hospital Ouellette Campus (1030 Ouellette Ave) Emergency Department from 7 - 11 p.m. 7 days a week.

More info: https://www.hdgh.org/crisis

Free, confidential coaching, counselling, peer support and resources for Lawyers and Law Students. MAP is a confidential service designed to help members achieve their health and wellness goals. Lawyers, paralegals, law students, judges, other legal professionals and their families covered by the MAP are provided with confidential, single sign-on access to a number of innovative online services including information, tools and resources.

More info: http://www.myassistplan.com

My SSP provides University of Windsor students with immediate and/or ongoing confidential, 24-hour support for any school, health, or general life concern at no cost to you. You can call or chat with a counsellor directly from your phone whenever, wherever you are.

Download the My SSP app: Apple App Store | Google Play

Good2Talk is a free, confidential helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365.

More info: https://good2talk.ca

BounceBack®: Reclaim your health is a free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.

https://bouncebackontario.ca/

 

Helpful Campus Services

Student Health Services is a family physician's office on campus. Providing confidential, student-centred health care, including comprehensive medical care, counselling, and referrals. 

More info: http://www.uwindsor.ca/studenthealthservices

Located in Dillon Hall on the main campus of the University of Windsor, Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is committed to working with the entire campus community in creating equal access to higher education for all academically qualified students who may have disabilities.

More info: http://www.uwindsor.ca/studentaccessibility/

If you are in need of support but aren't sure what you should do or where you should go for help, you can start by speaking to Dusty at the Sexual Misconduct Response and Prevention Office. She is here to listen. What happens next is up to you. Please know that you can seek her support without any obligation to formally report. You can also seek support regardless of when the assault occurred -- whether it was recently or a long time ago, you still deserve to be listened to.

More info: http://www.uwindsor.ca/sexual-assault/

The Aboriginal Education Centre provides support to self-identified Aboriginal students reach their highest potential in a culturally supportive atmosphere.

More info: http://www.uwindsor.ca/aboriginal-education-centre/

The Peer Support Centre is a drop-in centre where students from across campus can find a supportive peer to talk to. It’s a safe and inclusive space where trained peer support volunteers offer peer counselling to students.

More info: http://www.uwsa.ca/uwsa-services/psc/

Here you can find everything you need to live well on campus. Access the resources available to you to support you in maintaining your wellbeing, mental health and balance during your university career and to set you up for success in life. Access wellness via these Resources, Services, Self Help Tools, Events, Volunteer Opportunities and more.

Mental Health Strategy: https://www.uwindsor.ca/studentexperience/sites/uwindsor.ca.studentexperience/files/uwindsor_mentalhealth_digitalcopy.pdf

https://www.uwindsor.ca/studentexperience/wellness

 

The UWSA Food Pantry is open to all students with valid UWindsor Id and we welcome you to check us out.

Located in Room 260 of the CAW (behind the Campus Ministry Network) the Food Pantry seeks to take a bite out of food security concerns with food aid assistance. Tuition is rising, costs keep mounting and you shouldn’t have to choose between food, rent, or textbooks.

More info: http://www.uwsa.ca/uwsa-services/campus-food-pantry/

 

Iona College joined with Canterbury and with the support of the SLS and UWSA, provide a Food Bank Service for the students of the University of Windsor. Located in the basement facilities at Canterbury College at 2500 University Avenue West the SLS, and UWSA, would like to announce a Food Bank Service for the students of the University of Windsor, from the basement facilities at Canterbury College at 2500 University Avenue West

More info: http://www.uwindsor.ca/ionacollege/298/campus-food-bank

Walksafe is a free service provided for all students, faculty, employees and visitors at the University of Windsor. Walksafe is a student-run, student-staffed volunteer program provided by the UWSA to ensure that everyone at the University of Windsor feels safe on our campus when travelling at night use this service anytime you want a walk to your home or car.

More info: http://www.uwsa.ca/uwsa-services/walksafe/

The UWSA, on behalf of its members, negotiates a health and dental plan for students. This service is provided for students in order to reduce the costs of a benefit plan for students that are not already covered. The policy coverage ceases August 31st, of each year. Students have the opportunity to opt-out of the plan if they can show proof of alternate coverage.

More info: http://www.uwsa.ca/uwsa-services/health-and-dental/

The Campus Pride Centre provides a positive environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning, Two-Spirited, Intersex, Pansexual and Asexual individuals and their allies on the University of Windsor campus. 

The Campus Pride Centre holds a variety of events during the year. There are also events for National and International celebrations of queer identities such as: National Coming out Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance, International Women’s Day, World AIDS Day, and more.

More info: http://www.uwsa.ca/uwsa-services/campus-pride-centre/

The Womxn’s Centre operates as a free campus service providing a safe space and welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds and expressions. As an actively pro-choice, feminist space, the Womxn’s Centre provides guests with resources and information, as well as a positive, supporting environment and redirection to more specific resources if required.

More info: http://www.uwsa.ca/category/uwsa-services/womyns-centre/

It is the mission of Lancer Recreation to engage students in physical activity and leadership opportunities to foster a lifetime commitment to personal development. We provide current and innovative recreation programming to enrich the University of Windsor student experience.

More info: http://www.uwindsor.ca/lancerrecreation/

The Office of Human Rights, Equity & Accessibility is responsible for education, human rights inquiries and complaints, ombuds functions related to human rights, equity and accessibility, government reporting, policy development, and any other matters requiring accountability in these areas at the University of Windsor.

More info: http://www.uwindsor.ca/ohrea/

 

For more resources, including those in the local community regarding mental health visit the Windsor Law page on JustBalance.
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