Ontario Law Student Mental Health Initiative: Enhancing the Mental Health Outcomes of Ontario’s Law Students – MHIF (Round 2)

Project Summary

This project was the first of its kind in Ontario, forged a partnership between all seven law schools in Ontario to improve mental health outcomes of law students by developing specific and meaningful resources and supports for this population. New resources for law students in Ontario are now available, including a mental health website, a provincial peer support program, a best practices manual on law student mental health for law school administrators and the creation of a network of law school administrators focused on student mental health. The project was committed to engaging the participation and influence of law students, in particular, racialized law students, Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit law students, LGBTQ law students, and law students living with disabilities.

Key Outcomes

The project wrapped up in March, 2015. The key deliverables have been developed including the following:

  • Established the first formal network of law school administration in Ontario for knowledge and resource sharing, collaboration, professional development, consultation and support about law student mental health;
  • Developed a comprehensive website offering mental health resources and supports for law students;
  • Developed, co-ordinated and promoted peer support programs for Ontario law students.

Reports & Resources

Law Student Mental Health Website: www.justbalance.ca

Lead Institute
York University
Project Leads

Melanie Banka Goela

Student Success & Wellness Counsellor
Osgoode Hall Law School

Partner Organizations

For this project, York University (Osgoode Hall Law School) partnered with the law faculties at the following universities:

  • University of Toronto
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Windsor
  • Lakehead University
  • Queen’s University
  • Western University
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