Queen's University

Student forms club focused on disability, mental health, and the law

 
2012-03-27
[Maria Nunez]Law student Maria Nunez believes it's important to raise awareness among students about the significance of maintaining their mental health. 

Law student Maria Nunez, who has an undergraduate degree in psychology, is interested in exploring the field of disability and mental health law.

“It’s important to raise awareness among students about the significance of maintaining their mental health,” she says. “Mental health issues and disability are more common than most people are led to believe, across various professions including in law, and the associated stigma should be reduced.”

With support and advice from the Faculty of Law, Ms Nunez formed a new club that already has 10 committed members and many more students interested in attending events and engaging in dialogue about disability and mental health law. Ms Nunez hopes to encourage students with disabilities or mental health issues to reach out.

“There is nothing ‘weak’ about wanting a balanced work life or needing support—in fact, that’s highly ‘normal,’” she says.

Second-year law student Jaclyn Greenberg will speak at an upcoming event about her experiences working in the mental health law field and why mental health is so important in the law profession. Following her talk Mona Warner, a local yoga instructor, will teach a laughing yoga class.

For more information about the club, contact Ms Nunez.
 

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