Making Law Student Mental Health a Priority

Mental health and substance abuse problems affect individuals working in every profession. Unfortunately, too many professionals suffer in silence, while others fail to notice their own conditions and needs. Institutions dedicated to preparing individuals to enter professional careers need to take the lead in addressing this problem—a mission that Penn Law has taken to heart through several recent initiatives. Studies show that law students and lawyers suffer mental health-related conditions at much higher rates than the general population. The data further reveal that law students suffer from alcohol and drug abuse, anxiety, and depression at worrying rates. With the help of students and staff, the Penn Law administration recently put forward policies and programs seeking to increase awareness of the well-being problem that has affected the legal profession. The administration has also provided concrete mental health guidance and education to members of the law…

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