Levin College of Law

Wellness At UF Law

Your well-being matters. At UF Law, we are committed to the success, health and welfare of all of our students. Use this site to find resources and opportunities at UF and in Gainesville that can help you stay healthy or find assistance when you need it.

If you or a friend needs help now, call 911 immediately.

For those currently in distress, contact UF’s Wellness Center at:

Phone: (352) 392-1575
Email: umatter@ufl.edu

The UF Law Student Affairs Office has a resource counselor, Leif Stringer, on staff to help students with any issues students are facing. All services are confidential and do not have to be reported to the Florida Bar as treatment.

Phone: (352) 273-0620
Email: student.svc@law.ufl.edu


Self Care

Law school can be a stressful affair. The rigors of exams, social networking and professional obligations can combine with personal matters to weigh you down every day. In order to thrive in school, students need to make time to care for themselves. Eating right, exercising and maintaining proper rest are only a few ways to combat stress and provide a healthy atmosphere that permits students to perform to the best of their abilities. The University of Florida’s Counseling and Wellness Center is available for students. In addition, UF Law has its own resource counselor, Leif Stringer. As part of our effort to promote wellness, we remind you that UF is a tobacco-free campus. Smoking and tobacco use are prohibited in all facilities and areas of the University of Florida campus. Click here to read the full policy.

EAT RIGHT

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A healthy diet can counter stress in a number of ways. Consuming the right amount of fruits, vegetables, grains, meats and dairy can increase the amount of calming chemicals in the brain, while reducing the production of stress-inducing ones.

REDUCE ALCOHOL

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UF’s distinguished place among the top social universities is well deserved, but it’s important to partake in nightlife festivities in moderation. Alcohol consumption contributes to feelings of depression and makes stress harder to cope with in the long run.

EXERCISE

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Physical movement releases endorphins, which reduce the perception of pain and trigger positive feelings throughout the body. Numerous studies have shown that exercising reduces the likelihood of depression and elevates mood. Movement also can help learning. Every hour during study sessions, stand up from your desk, leave the room and walk outside for 10 minutes. This will significantly increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your brain’s capacity to focus and retain data.

SLEEP

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It’s difficult to balance academics, fitness and social activities while maintaining a proper sleep schedule. Students often forgo a solid night of sleep in order to accomplish the rest of their goals and responsibilities. Lack of sleep can lead to increased stress, which then makes it more difficult to fall asleep — a vicious cycle that many students fail to properly address.

MAKE TIME FOR YOU

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You know what they say about all work and no play. To maintain balance in your life during law school, cultivate friendships unrelated to the classroom or legal arguments. Maintain your relationships with friends and family from back home and your days as an undergraduate. Step away from the books and spend time doing the things you love. All of this will reduce stress levels and cultivate a well-rounded personality that permits you to talk about more than just legal endeavors during interviews.


Mindfulness

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“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally,” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness is quickly becoming a recognizable course offering of many state bar associations and law schools. The judiciary, too, has begun to embrace the value of this contemplative practice, which has received a great deal of attention from neuroscience research for its contribution to medical health.

Mindfulness practices are associated with improved immune functioning and the reduction of stress, anxiety and depression. Neuroscience findings associate mindfulness practices with thicker brain regions and greater interconnectivity among brain regions. Anecdotes suggest the association of mindfulness with greater efficacy by lawyers and judges, enhanced civility, and improved relations with family and friends. Mindfulness is becoming more accessible to lawyers, judges, law students and law professors.

The University of Florida is committed to providing mindfulness resources to all of its students. Find out more here on the UF Mindfulness website.


Mental Health

Leif Stringer, Resource Counselor

Mental health is a critical part of your overall health and a key component of your wellness. UF Law employs a resource counselor, Leif Stringer, to assist our students in navigating the available resources. All services are confidential and do not have to be reported to the Florida Bar as treatment. You can reach Leif at:
Phone: (352) 273-0620
Email: student.svc@law.ufl.edu

The University of Florida also operates a Counseling and Wellness Center that provides services and information regarding mental health. Visit their website for more information.

The University of Florida’s Disability Resource Center’s website can connect you with resources if you need special accommodations or services.


Sometimes law school can be overwhelming. Asking for help is beneficial. Healthy lawyers are successful lawyers. The college of law strongly encourages you to access necessary resources.

Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

Academic stress is a major problem. Sacrificing sleep and other unhealthy habits can cause stress to compound, sometimes to the breaking point. Studies have shown that almost 40 percent of law students experience symptoms of anxiety or depression by the end of their third year.

These symptoms impact our bodies, can affect our ability to control our emotions and overall make it difficult to be at your best.

Click the button below for tips and exercises for reducing your stress and anxiety.

Anxiety & stress

Click the button below for information on dealing with depression.

Depression

Suicide Prevention

Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year olds in the United States and the second-leading cause of death for college-age students, according to the UF Counseling & Wellness Center website. Call 911 immediately if you or someone you know is a danger to himself or herself.

Click the button below for detailed information about preventing suicide.

Suicide Prevention

Click the button you know to learn about recognizing the signs of suicide and information on how to respond.

Recognizing Signs


Student Resources

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UF Law’s robust student community features groups that bring colleagues together with common interests and ambitions. Joining with others can be good for your career and your social life. Sharing trials and tribulations with people of like mind and interests can help defuse both tension and stress. For information about joining a student group, you can contact the Office of Student Affairs.

Here is a partial list of our student-run organizations:

  • ArtLaw
  • Asian & Pacific American Law Student Association
  • Black Law Students Association, W. George Allen Chapter
  • Caribbean Law Students Association
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Gator Muslim Law Students Association
  • Jewish Law Students Association
  • Latino Law Student Association (LLSA)
  • Law Transfer Student Organization (LTSO)
  • Law Yoga Club
  • Mental Health Law Association
  • Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA)
  • Native American Law Student Association
  • Outlaw
  • RunLevin
  • South Asian Law Society

View the complete list of student organizations.


Athletics

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The University of Florida provides much more than a top education for students. Countless opportunities exist for students to get out and exercise by taking part in fitness groups, clubs or just pick-up sports. Participating in team athletics fosters friendships and brings individuals together working towards a common goal. Participating in team sports also leads to a stronger academic performance.


Helping A Friend

“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.” – Albert Schweitzer

A friend’s well-being is more important than his or her grades, or his or her job status. If you think you have a friend in distress, please take action.

Ways to call for help:

  • If you are worried about the immediate safety of a student(s), please call 911 immediately. Please remember that calling 911 is not a crime, and UF’s Medical Amnesty policy protects students from getting in trouble when there is a medical emergency.
  • If there is no immediate safety concern but you are worried about a friend, Counseling and Wellness Center staff would be happy to support you. For a confidential consultation, please call 352-392-1575.
  • Remember “U Matter, We Care.” When you’re worried about a student or classmate, consider calling 352-294-CARE (2273) to identify concerns and potential administrative solutions.
  • Call an anonymous hotline. There is always someone on-call to discuss your concerns anonymously. Making a call today can make a significant difference.
  • Florida Lawyers’ Assistance 800-282-8981
  • U.S. Suicide Hotline 800-784-2433
  • NDMDA Depression Hotline – Support Group 800-826-3632
  • Suicide Prevention Services Crisis Hotline 800-784-2433
  • Suicide Prevention Services Depression Hotline 630-482-9696
  • AAA Crisis Pregnancy Center 800-560-0717
  • Child Abuse Hotline – Support & Information 800-792-5200
  • Crisis Help Line – For Any Kind of Crisis 800-233-4357
  • Domestic & Teen Dating Violence (English & Spanish) 800-992-2600
  • Parental Stress Hotline – Help for Parents 800-632-8188
  • Runaway Hotline (All Calls are Confidential) 800-231-6946
  • Sexual Assault Hotline (24/7, English & Spanish) 800-223-5001
  • Suicide & Depression Hotline – Covenant House 800-999-9999
  • National Child Abuse Hotline 800-422-4453
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline (TDD) 800-787-3224
  • National Youth Crisis Hotline 800-448-4663

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Substance Abuse

Abuse of alcohol and drugs can be a life-threatening problem. Due to the high levels of academic stress at law school, law students can be especially vulnerable to such addiction.

If you need help, you can use the U Matter We Care website to connect with a professional.

Here are some additional resources collected from the American Bar Association and U Matter We Care:


Intimate Partner Violence

Interpersonal violence can profoundly impact the wellness and health of a survivor. Dating/intimate partner violence, domestic violence, sexual violence/assault and stalking are types of interpersonal violence that can leave survivors feeling scared, alone, confused and unsure where to find help. Interpersonal violence can be physical, emotional and/or psychological. It exists among every socioeconomic, cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender group. All services are confidential:


Campus Safety

UF Law is a welcoming place, and personal threats are rare. But it is wise to be alert to possible dangers anywhere, especially at night. Electronic key swipes allow UF Law students, staff and faculty to enter campus buildings outside of normal work hours. The University of Florida also features blue – and sometimes yellow – emergency telephones that put you immediately in touch with police. A nightly escort service known as SNAP is also regularly available during times of the year when classes are in session. To reach SNAP, call 352-392-7627.

Safety tips recommended by the University of Florida Police Department include:

  • Listen to your instincts. If you feel there is a problem, get away.
  • Stay tuned into your surroundings. Be alert for danger.
  • Stick to well-lighted walkways. Avoid isolated, wooded or dark areas. Don’t take short cuts.
  • When you run or jog, never do so alone. Avoid running at night. If you must run at night use the lighted areas of campus and run with others. Avoid isolated areas and never wear headphones when running.

More information is available at UFPD

The UFPD’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report – 2016


Wellness Apps

The following apps may be useful in helping you alleviate stress, stay safe, or otherwise remain well.


bSafe App

bSafe


Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool

Breathe2Relax


Bugle App

Bugle


Calm

Calm


Coach Me

Coach Me


Relax

Deep Relaxation


Deep Sleep

Deep Sleep


Gratitude Journal

Gratitude Journal


HeadSpace

Headspace


Kitestring App

Kitestring


Meditation Timer

Meditation Timer


Mindfulness App

Mindfulness App


A powerful practice to remind you of your intention to be mindful.

Mindfulness Bell


Optimism

Optimism


A simple guide to deep breathing.

Pranayama Breathing


http://t2health.org/apps/ptsd-coach

PTSD Coach


Safe Trek App

Safe Trek


Sleep Cycle

Sleep Cycle Monitor


Sleep App

Sleep Sounds


Stop Breathe and Think

Stop, Breathe and Think


http://t2health.org/apps/t2-mood-tracker

T2 Mood Tracker


http://t2health.org/apps/tactical-breather

Tactical Breather


Exam Prep

Test Anxiety


Vision Board

Vision Board