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Wellness at ASU Law

It is the mission of ASU Law to support its students’ mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing and health throughout their time here and beyond. We do this by providing an environment in which wellness is prioritized, valued, and integrated into the daily life of our students. On this page, you will find a variety of resources to assist you in your wellness journey that apply specifically to lawyers and those practicing law.

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

World Health Organization

ASU Counseling Services

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All services at ASU Counseling Services are confidential and free of charge for ASU students attending any of the four metropolitan Phoenix campuses, including Open Call and Open Chat. ASU Counseling Services are for any Sun Devil, regardless of your race, gender, sexual orientation, age, student status, religion, ability, size, financial situation, the issue you're dealing with or whether you've had counseling before. Something as simple as talking to someone can help you feel better, improve your grades and manage stress.

If you are having an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

Same day tele-mental health consults

  • Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Appointments available by telephone or HIPAA-compliant tele-mental health consult sessions. If you are outside of Arizona, please give us a phone call at 480-965-6146.

Same day in person consults

  • Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • We recognize that some issues can only be served in person. While we are prioritizing care through tele-mental health, we remain available to see students who should be seen in person. If you are at risk of harming yourself or someone else, if you have experienced a trauma, or an unexpected loss, please give us a call at 480-965-6146.

After hours support

  • Counseling is available outside of normal office hours and anytime at night. Visit Open Call and Open Chat to learn more.
  • Outside of office hours or on University Holidays, call ASU’s Dedicated Mental Health Line through EMPACT to speak immediately to a counselor 480-921-1006.

Helpful resources

"You’re in a pickle. Can a lawyer assistance program help? From the ABA Journal Asked & Answered Podcast: Bree Buchanan talks about how lawyers assistance programs work, and how a person can reach out for assistance. Listen here: https://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/aba-journal-asked-and-answered/2018/01/youre-in-a-pickle-can-a-lawyer-assistance-program-help/ The State Bar of Michigan’s “On Balance” Podcast Series: Hosted by JoAnn Hathaway of the bar’s Practice Management Resource Center and Tish Vincent of its Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program, the series focuses on the need for interplay between practice management and lawyer-wellness for a thriving law practice. Listen here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/state-bar-of-michigan-on-balance-podcast/id1334352840?mt=2 Attorney Mental Health and Wellness, from The Florida Bar Podcast: Larry Krieger expands on why attorneys often struggle with depression and the wellbeing factors that may lead to satisfaction in a legal career. Listen here: https://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/florida-bar/2018/01/attorney-mental-health-and-wellness/ ABA Midyear 2018: The ABA’s Opioid Summit, from the Legal Talk Network On the Road Podcast: Jack Young talks about why the ABA’s Opioid Summit is important and how it will help lawyers deal with the crisis both professionally and personally. Listen here: https://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2018/02/aba-midyear-2018-the-abas-opioid-summit/ Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession, from the Legal Talk Network On the Road Podcast: Jeff Kuester talks about functional alcoholism and why it’s important for lawyers to monitor their alcohol consumption. Listen here: https://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2018/02/substance-abuse-in-the-legal-profession/ Voices of Recovery Podcast Series, from the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs: A podcast series about overcoming substance use disorders, mental health issues and addiction. The lawyers featured in this series have all agreed to tell their story in the hope that it will reduce the stigma surrounding these issues and encourage others to get the help they need. Listen here: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/lawyer_assistance/events_cle/voices_of_recovery_podcast_series/ Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program Voices of Recovery and Stories of Recovery Podcast Series: A podcast where Texas attorneys discuss how they reclaimed their lives from substance abuse and mental health issues. We bring you these podcasts—and these lawyers are coming forward with their stories—to let members of the State Bar of Texas know that help is available and recovery is possible. Learn more: https://www.tlaphelps.org/ Path to Well-Being in Law: Lawyer well-being catapulted to a national discussion in legal circles with the publication of The Path to Lawyer Well-Being Practical Recommendations for Positive Changein 2006 by The National Task Force of Lawyer Well-Being. What started as a discussion has evolved into a national movement intent on creating a culture shift within the legal profession geared toward greater personal and professional satisfaction. Listen here: https://lawyerwellbeing.net/podcast/

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