Mental Health & Wellness at Windsor Law

 

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Taking care of our mental health and well-being is imperative to the practice of ethical, justice-seeking lawyering, and as such, of utmost importance for all law students.

Windsor Law is proud to provide support services to enable students in building their skills and providing space to discuss personal challenges and receive support when they need it. As stated in its values, Windsor Law is 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 well 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 issue it is. We encourage students to build their social supports, coping skills and reach out for help when needed- because no one can do it alone.

Resources Available at Windsor Law

In 2016 Windsor Law, in partnership with the University of Windsor’s Student Counselling Centre (SCC), employed a Clinical Therapist to work directly with registered law students. In the spring of 2019, this program was expanded with a second part-time Clinical Therapist, Black Student Support and Wellness. The Clinical Therapists provide completely confidential mental health counselling, consultations, referrals, and support at no cost to students.

Law school can be a dynamic, energizing experience. It can also present challenges. Outside of academic pressures, students may have to deal with stresses related to:

  • Physical or mental illness (e.g., depression, anxiety)
  • Family issues/ conflict
  • Concerns around substance use
  • Relationship issues/ endings
  • Illness or death of a loved one
  • Living away from home
  • Processing distressing events
  • Financial stress

Sometimes coping with one or more of these stresses can be overwhelming. Windsor Law’s Clinical Therapists and the professional staff of the Student Counselling Centre are here to help. The University offers short-term counselling and therapy services to enrolled students during the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Learn more about Counselling Services at Windsor Law.

 

An Elder in Residence is a First Nations, Inuit, or Metis 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 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 collective of law students in collaboration with the Clinical Therapist focused on promoting positive mental health, breaking down stigma and shame surrounding mental illness and mental health conversations, and providing mental health advocacy for our fellow students.

We work towards these goals by providing a supportive space for discussion/activities relating to well-being and hosting various events and advocacy initiatives. Our vision is to create social leaders who are aware of their own mental health and able to better advocate for and support the positive mental health and wellbeing of others in our community.

We run events throughout the year, including “Wellness Wednesdays,” and aim to spark meaningful conversations about mental health, to inspire school-work-life balance, give students tools and reminders to care for themselves now and into their careers.

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Self-directed self-help. Take a self-assessment and work on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) modules for Anxiety, Depression, Substance use, Relationship issues, Pain Management, and more. Sign up for free with your @uwindsor.ca email account.

Click here to learn more. 

 

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.

Click here to learn more.

 

After Hours Support

Crisis Services Canada (CSC) is a national network of existing distress, crisis, and suicide prevention line services. We are committed to supporting any person living in Canada who is affected by suicide in the most caring and least intrusive manner possible.

We offer a safe place to talk - any time, in your own way. We want to ensure that no matter where you live in Canada, support is never far away. Browse our database to find additional support resources in your region. If you are having thoughts of suicide, you don’t have to face them alone. We are available if you need a safe and judgment-free place to talk. Our responders are here to listen to you, support you, and keep you safe.

www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/

 

Community-Based Crisis Support for anyone living in Windsor-Essex County. Therapeutic interventions, medication evaluation, and monitoring, and health teaching/coaching. Timely Psychiatric assessment and consultation to individuals requiring diagnostic clarification treatment and/or management recommendations

24/7 telephone crisis response service for those who require immediate assessment, psychosocial intervention, and support: 519-973-4435

www.hdgh.org/transitionalstabilitycentre

 

Professional Counselling for UWindsor students worldwide, available by phone or text in 35+languages. You can request to speak with a counsellor with an identity that aligns with yours (e.g., BIPOC, LGBTQ+, language, culture, etc.).

To download the App, search "MySSP"

Call: 1-844-451-9700

www.mystudentsupport.com

 

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 several innovative online services, including information, tools, and resources.

http://www.myassistplan.com

 

Wellness Together Canada was created in response to an unprecedented rise in mental health and substance use concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with funding from the Government of Canada. As a country, we are facing challenges at a scale we’ve never seen before, from social isolation and financial insecurity to substance use concerns and racial inequality. We provide free resources for mental health and substance use support.

We may be physically apart, but at the end of the day, we’re all in this together. We believe that wellness is a journey, not a destination—and every day, we can each take a step toward our own well-being.

https://wellnesstogether.ca/en-CA

 

 

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.

Click here for more information.

 

Helpful on-Campus Services

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

Even if you opt out of the student health and dental plan, you are still welcome to see our dedicated team of physicians, nurses, and administrative staff.

Click here for more information.

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.

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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 deserve to be heard.

Click here for more information. 

 Turtle Island provides support to self-identified First Nations, Metis and Inuit students to reach their highest potential in a culturally supportive atmosphere.

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Lancers Recover is a collegiate recovery program at the University of Windsor that provides a safe and affirming environment where students in recovery from alcohol and substance use can receive the assistance and support they need to achieve academic and personal success. Lancers recover facilitates a supportive, stigma-free community of students in recovery through weekly meetings aimed at providing individual, academic, social, and recovery supports.

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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.

Click here for more information.

Access the resources available to support you in maintaining your wellbeing, mental health, and balance during your university career and to set you up for success in life. Resources, Services, Self Help Tools, Events, Volunteer Opportunities, and more.

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The UWSA Food Pantry is open to all students with a 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.

Click here for more information.

 

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

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Walksafe is a free service provided for all students, faculty, staff, 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.

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The University of Windsor Students Association (UWSA), negotiates a health and dental plan on behalf of students. This service is provided for all University of Windsor students to reduce extended healthcare costs for those not currently covered by a benefit plan. (Often benefit plans through parents/guardians cease at age 18; some students have plans through spouses or workplaces). Students have the opportunity to opt out of the plan if they show proof of alternate coverage. The policy coverage ceases on August 31st of each year.

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The Campus Pride Centre provides a positive environment for 2SLGBTQIA+ Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Pansexual and Asexual individuals and 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.

Click here for more information.

 

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.

Click here for more information.

We provide innovative recreation programming to enrich the University of Windsor student experience and support student well-being through engagement in recreation and leadership opportunities to foster a lifetime commitment to personal development.

  • Intramurals
  • Aquatic centre
  • The Forge Fitness Centre
  • Yoga
  • Martial Arts
  • Personal Training

Click here for more information.

 

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.

Click here for more information. 

The University of Windsor is committed to respecting the religious, cultural, and spiritual beliefs and practices of all members of the university community. On-campus chaplains are here to address the spiritual, religious, faith, and ethical needs of those involved in the university. All students are welcome to link to the Chaplaincy network, including our Muslim Chaplain.

Click here for more information Chaplaincy Network

Click here for information on the Multi-Faith Space

 

Helpful off-Campus Services

 

Family Services Windsor-Essex

Windsor- Essex Canadian Mental Health Association

Transitional Stability Centre

*If you prefer to seek private counselling off-campus, the UWSA negotiates and provides a Health & Dental Plan for all students, including some coverage for mental health counselling. See Student Health & Dental Plan for more information. For a list of private practitioners see psychologytoday.com or eMentalHealth.ca

 

Additional online resources:

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Anxiety Canada

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario

Bounce Back Ontario