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A Reasonable Standard

A Reasonable Standard

By Gianna Fermo

Wellbeing Young Persons 


Mental illness is a prominent issue among the legal community. It does not discriminate between law students or legal professionals. The 2007 Beaton Consulting and Beyond Blue National Depression Initiative revealed that lawyers and law students have alarming rates of mental illness and symptoms. When compared to other professions, lawyers experienced the highest incidence of depressive symptoms.

Mental illness is not an issue that should be ignored, sidestepped or hidden. That is why A Reasonable Standard was created. We are a website that focuses on acknowledging, accepting and providing advice to better understand and approach mental health issues.

The website is a compilation of resources to help you balance your studies with looking after your mental health. It also provides resources for mental health help and community involvement. The Law Institute of Victoria provides a major part of these resources, which includes community engagement in young law groups.

You will also find relatable and vulnerable stories, articles and interviews to help support your studies and your wellbeing. As the website is run by Monash University students many of the stories and articles reflect our unique experiences with mental health at Monash.

However, mental illness does not discriminate and our content encourages everyone – be you a law student, university student or legal professional – to consider your mental wellbeing.

We hope our honesty in sharing our mental health experiences will let you know that you do not stand alone in your struggles and triumphs. The stigma on mental illnesses cannot be tolerated and we are on a mission to take it down.


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