Paul L. Caron

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Law Students, Comedians, And Mental Health

Last night, Pepperdine Caruso School of Law hosted the first public screening of Laughing Matters, a documentary about comedians and mental health by Soul Pancake, the production company of actor/comedian Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute on NBC's The Office). In light of the shocking statistics on the mental health of college students (pages 13-16) and graduate and professional students (pages 13-16), Pepperdine President Jim Gash has made student mental health and well-being one of his three top priorities, beginning with the Resilience-Informed Skills Education (RISE) Program.  The law school has similarly made student mental health and well-being a top priority.  Last night's screening and discussion was jointly sponsored by the law school, the RISE Program, and University Chaplain Sara Barton.  After the screening, panel discussion, and Q&A, we made counselors and staff available to speak to any interested students.

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Wait! Are you saying lawyers, even prospective lawyers, are human beings? Whoa der podner. This kind of thinking could get out of hand. I mean, come on. The only metric worth measuring is 3,000 hours of billable time.

Posted by: Dale Spradling | Nov 22, 2019 5:43:05 PM

The college student / graduate student cohort is approximately age 18 to 26 or so. Are all people that age, who do not attend college, also suffering from shocking mental health problems? If they are, aren't they as worthy of having mental health programs available to them? Or is there something about being in college, that causes more perceived mental health issues. Inquiring minds want to know.

Posted by: aircav65 | Nov 22, 2019 1:36:49 PM

Thank you for posting this, very moving.

Posted by: Abe Carnow | Nov 21, 2019 7:26:20 PM