Student Resources

Law students who are facing personal, medical, familial or other problems are encouraged to contact Dean Jennings or Director Hall in the Office of Student Affairs. Our office can help connect you with resources, liaison with faculty members, and ensure that you are supported.

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    Physical Health

    All law students are eligible to purchase student health insurance for themselves, and a spouse and/or dependent child(ren). Students may purchase insurance during the enrollment period each year (typically August 20 – September 29), or when they have a qualifying life event, such as aging off a parent’s insurance, losing a spouses insurance, birth of a child, etc. Complete plan documents can be found at the student health insurance site.

    Law students, regardless of whether they purchase student health insurance, are also eligible for care at the Health Clinic at the Detroit Mercy Wellness Center. Services provided by the health clinic promote preventative health care and foster compliance with the objective and aims of the Center for Disease Control and The American College Health Association.

    The health clinic is a fully equipped medical office, which includes two exam rooms, medication dispensary and a diagnostic lab.

    Flexible scheduling, same day and walk-in appointments are available. Contact Olga Parfenov, FNP-BC at 313-993-1185 or parfenol@udmercy.edu for additional information, questions or concerns.

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    Mental Health and Wellness

    All law students are eligible for high quality, confidential personal counseling through the Detroit Mercy Wellness Center. Information on this service can be found here.

    The Lawyers & Judges Assistance Program is an arm of the State Bar of Michigan and offers a range of services to law students, including free on-site counseling, referrals, and phone consultations. LJAP also has an online library of Wellness materials, as well as self-tests for depression and substance abuse.

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    Mental Health Apps and Resources

    Breathe2Relax
    Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool that provides detailed information on the effects stress has on the body. The app offers instructions and practice exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing.

    Happify
    Need a happy fix? With its psychologist-approved mood-training program, the Happify app is your fast-track to a good mood. Try various engaging games, activity suggestions, gratitude prompts and more to train your brain as if it were a muscle, to overcome negative thoughts.

    Headspace
    Headspace is a popular app that offers guided meditation to help lower stress, improve focus, and sleep better.

    Stop, Breathe & Think
    Stop, Breathe & Think uses the three words in its name to prompt users to stop what they’re doing to examine their thoughts and feelings; to practice mindful breathing to create space between thoughts, emotions, and reactions; and to leverage personalized meditations and activities to broaden perspectives. A section called Learn to Meditate offers insight into the science behind meditation.

    Worry Watch
    WorryWatch provides mental health resources for college students and is downloadable through the App Store for a one-time low fee. WorryWatch allows the person to record any type of worry experienced throughout the day. After writing down an upsetting event or emotion, the user is provided with tools to reflect and assess each situation. Statistics about times and events causing negative feelings is generated to give an idea of stress triggers. The user may even find some of their worries are unfounded. A highlight of WorryWatch is that the app functions both online and offline. The interface is very easy to use and all journal entries easy to locate.

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    Increase Productivity

    Evernote
    The best note taking app around! Keep important info handy by syncing your notes to all your devices, add text, images, audio, scans, PDFs, and documents to your notes, express yourself with formatting tools that help you write how you think and get what you need, when you need it. Search gives you results as you type.

    Focusbooter
    Focus booster is a free desktop app that aims to help improve your focus and productivity. The app uses the pomodoro technique, a popular time management technique that divides focused work sessions into manageable, 25-minute intervals (referred to as ‘pomodoros’). Each pomodoro is separated by a 5-minute break that allows you to refocus before jumping back into your work.

    FocusMe
    Stick to your productivity resolutions and cut bad internet habits by downloading FocusMe. This app tracks how much time you spend on distracting internet sites and allows you to block them for optimum focus. Other features such as Pomodoro timer, scheduler, and break reminders keep your eye on the prize and productivity on track. (Psst… this app is free for Android users!)

    Forest
    What if I told you every time you use your phone a tree dies? With Forest, gamification is the key to effective time management. The app plays out like a game — encouraging you to stay off your phone by growing a tree. Once you use your phone, the tree dies. It tracks how much time you’ve gone without your phone and encourages you to go even longer next time. Added bonus, users can spend virtual coins to plant real trees.

    Freedom
    Reduce distractions and improve productivity with this app that blocks websites and apps on your smartphone or desktop computer.

    Google Keep
    Capture inspiration when it strikes! Keep is simply the quickest way to offload ideas, thoughts, and to-dos without losing focus.

    • Create notes and lists, set time and place reminders, and check off your completed tasks.
    • Add a collaborator to your notes and lists, then get things done together.
    • Add photos and drawings, or just draw on your photos.
    • Dictate your thoughts, keep will transcribe them for you.
    • Search notes by automagically created topics.
    • Group notes together with #labels.
    • Color notes for easy scanability.
    • Access your notes on any device, synced automatically to your phone, tablet, watch, and laptop via the Google Keep website, or Chrome app.
    • Use “Ok Google” voice commands to “take a note” or “add to to-do list”.
    RescueTime
    This app runs in the background of your desktop computer or smartphone, tracking how much time you spend on various sites and apps, and then provides a detailed report on where you spent your time. Use this information to tweak your browsing habits and work more efficiently.
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    Staying Connected

    Netflix Party
    Netflix Party is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows.

    Spotify Group Session
    Stream Music with your friends Simultaneously Using Spotify’s Group Session Beta.

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    Other Resources

    Registrar: Request a transcript
    Wellness Center: Make an appointment
    Personal Counseling: Request a referral
    Titan Athletics: Follow Titan sports
    Fitness Center: Fitness Center Info
    Emergency Alert System:   Register for the Alert System
    Maps and Directions: Detroit Mercy Campus Maps
    Religious Spaces: Interfaith Reflection

Othrys Hour (Community Building Circle)

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    About Othrys

    Othrys Hour is a community-building circle. People tend to feel the most connected to one another when they sense that other people see them, know them, and care about them. A community-building circle allows participants to build connections through meaningful conversation, vulnerability, and building relationships. Othrys Hour does this by providing a safe space for networking, healing, and gaining new insight.

    Each week, Othrys Hour's one-hour conversations revolve around a theme spanning from imposter syndrome to inspirational quotes. The themed conversation tends to last around 30 mins. We use the last 30 mins to talk about current events or what troubles us. Each Othrys Hour brings our community closer together. Please join us every Friday 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Jordan Hall, Director of Student Affairs, Campus Equity, and Inclusion.