The LSA ran its second Social Justice Forum in September 2015, presenting a panel discussion on Mental Health and Law Students. The event was held on R U OK? Day, which is the perfect opportunity for you to ask your fellow classmates if they are okay.
Earlier in 2015, Lawyers Weekly reported that approximately 41% of Law Students will suffer severe psychological distress during their time at University. As a student group, this is something that we feel extremely strongly about, and are always trying to endeavour to provide our membership with helpful and relevant information on both how to cope with the stresses of Law School and the different services that are available.
The panellists included Louise Ferris (Director - People and Performance at McCullough Robertson's Brisbane office), Sam Spencer (Open Minds), Tracey Young (USC Councillor). The main focus of the panel was Mental Health for Law Students.
Donations were also collected, which were sent to the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation. The Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation was created in memory of Tristan Jepson, a University of NSW law student, young lawyer and comedian who took his own life four weeks after his 26th birthday after suffering from severe clinical depression. More information about the foundation can be found at http://www.tjmf.org.au/about-us/