Weeklong program aims to create an open dialogue about wellness and mental health
The SMU Student Bar Association leads an innovative program that aims to improve the physical and mental well-being of students at SMU’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas. The SMU Student Bar Association developed a wellness committee and charged it with improving the physical and mental health of its student body. The committee designated a week during the Fall semester as Wellness Week and chose “Healthy as a Horse” as a theme to coincide with the university’s mustang mascot.
Stephen B. Yeager, the dean of students at SMU Dedman Law, serves as advisor to the committee. Yeager said the committee devoted an entire week to the subject because “it is incredibly important and relevant to our student body. According to Yeager, “Law school is known for late nights, high doses of caffeine, and locking yourself away in the library for a month to study for exams. Just like other 20-somethings, law students also deal with a host of common mental health issues like anxiety and depression.”
“The students’ goal for the week is to create an open dialogue about wellness and mental health to help our students become more successful students and ultimately legal professionals. They want to help de-stigmatize mental health and substance use disorders in the legal profession.”
The student-led initiative always has an action-packed week planned.