As human beings (and law students), we all experience moments of anxiety, stress, pressure and burnout. The competitive nature of the legal profession can make lawyers more prone to stress and depression, and thus it is really important on R U OK? Day that we reflect on the signs that may show that someone might not be ok.
Remember that before you look out for others you need to look out for yourself. If you are not in the right headspace to ask R U OK? consider reaching out to someone in their network so they can check in with the person instead. If you yourself need checking in with, always remember that it’s ok to say you’re not ok.
Have you got a feeling that someone you know or care about isn’t behaving as they normally would? Has it been a while since you have heard from a friend or family member? Have they been struggling with their degree? If you notice a change, no matter how small, make sure you ask R U OK?
- It may be what they are saying: are they lonely or lacking self-esteem, are they struggling to find any time away from their university work?
- It may be what they are doing: becoming withdrawn, experiencing mood swings, losing interest in what they love or the degree they are studying?
- It may be what’s going on in their life: relationship breakups, high stress at work, health issues, financial difficulties during COVID-19, or even losing a loved one?
Trust your gut instinct and act on it. By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up. If they say they are not ok, you can follow the conversation steps outlined below to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load.
Always remember that it’s OK to say that you’re NOT OK.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Wellbeing Team. We are a group of students that are focused on making sure all members of the UTS Law community are ok: email@example.com
UTS also offer Counselling services, which are confidential and very affordable!: https://www.uts.edu.au/current-students/support/health-and-wellbeing/counselling-service-and-self-help/contact-us
Please call the Counselling Unit on 9514 1177 to ask to speak with a Counsellor or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are having any difficulties with your studies please reach out to your tutors, subject coordinators or the Student Services for Law:
In addition, UTS’s Equity & Diversity Unit offer advice and support around your rights and responsibilities including discrimination and harassment, as well as UTS policy, legislation and procedural guidelines. They also provide links to mental health and wellbeing information and resources – https://www.uts.edu.au/partners-and-community/initiatives/social-justice-uts/equity-and-diversity
If you would like to learn more about mental health, join the conversation or even get involved in mental health awareness, join the UTS Batyr Team: https://www.batyr.com.au/what-is-batyr/
Reach Out: https://au.reachout.com/
The Black Dog Institute: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/emergency-help/when-where-to-seek-help/
Beyond Blue: Call 1300 22 4636 for urgent help, or access their 24/7 emergency chat service, email them or join a community chat forum – https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-support
Headspace: National assistance service for youth and young people – https://headspace.org.au/
For urgent help, call Lifeline: 13 11 14 or 000
For information specific to men and difficulties with relationships, call MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78