The Mental Health Law and Justice Association at New York University School of Law is committed to increasing awareness of and decreasing stigma related to mental health in the justice system, the legal profession, and law school. We aim to facilitate this change by being a resource for mental health supports and information, as well as hosting panels on the changing landscape of mental health awareness in the profession, and trainings to provide concrete skills for working with clients with mental health needs. We also seek to promote dialogue around the student experience at NYU Law and advocate for change where needed.
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In the Spring of 2021, MHLJA co-hosted a presentation by the law school's psychologist Dr. Maisie Chou Chaffin on coping during finals season. We also screened the film Bedlam, which explores the intersections between mental health and the carceral state.
Last fall, we hosted the informational panel, Mental Health in the Workplace. This panel was facilitated by The Stability Network, and featured attorneys talking about their experience navigating mental health diagnoses in both corporate and not-for-profit settings. Find more resources about mental health in the workplace here.