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A virtual library for resources on the eight dimensions of personal well-being, designed for law students.

Welcome to the Virtual Wellness Library from the University of Michigan Law School Library!

Being a law student is exciting and rewarding, but is often accompanied by unique challenges and stressors.  Failing to identify personal needs, or not prioritizing your health and wellbeing, can manifest itself in unproductive ways.  More importantly, the inability to manage personal demands may lead law students to struggle with their mental health, or resort to patterns of substance use.  Therefore, it is essential to develop skills and strategies that will allow you to achieve a sense of personal well-being.

 The skills you learn now will stay with you for the rest of your life.  The University of Michigan Law School is committed to providing its students with resources -- from an embedded psychologist from the University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), to special programs and events organized by our Wellness Committee, to this Health & Wellness collection.  It is our hope that all MLaw students will learn the skills they need to truly thrive in life.

Is there anything else you would like to see in the Wellness Collection? Let us know!

Mental Health Resources

This collection encompasses far more than mental health; it is designed to address all of the currently known aspects of well-being, including mental health.  These resources are not meant for emergency or crisis interventions.

If you are in mental distress and need help please see the resources provided by the Law School:

Mental Health Resources from MLaw

For urgent and crisis resources after business hours, dial the CAPS phone number (734.764.8312) and press "0" to speak to a trained mental health professional. Mental health phone services are provided after hours, weekends, and holidays through ProtoCall, a third-party call center. All call centers are staffed exclusively by master's-level or doctoral-level mental health professionals who work closely with CAPS clinicians to assure continuity of care for students. This extended service is available to U-M Ann Arbor students for urgent and crisis matters.

This website is a virtual companion to the physical books you can find in the Health & Wellness Collection on Sub-2 of the Law Library.  You will find resources organized around the eight dimensions of personal well-being / wellness:

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  • Physical: The role that you take in maintaining your body for strength, vitality and energy.
  • Emotional Health: Being aware and managing your feelings, being at peace with who you are, and having the tools you need to weather life's ups and downs.
  • Environmental: Reflects the impact your environment (home, school, city, planet) has on you and the impact you have on the environment.
  • Financial: Your relationship with money and skills for managing resources, as well as your ability to make good consumer choices and seek out appropriate financial opportunities.
  • Occupational: The work you choose to do and how it contributes to your community and fulfills you.
  • Social: How you choose to define and connect with your community and the people around you.
  • Intellectual: Feeling stimulated and engaged with learning and staying open to new ideas and perspectives.
  • Spiritual: Your understanding of your place and purpose, how you make meaning of what happens to you, and what your mind goes to for comfort or relief.