Social isolation can significantly impact mental health. The demands of law school, not to mention enforced social distancing measures due to Covid-19, can increase the perceived distance between a student and their peers. Finding social connection can be difficult for many reasons, for example, addiction is an inherently isolating disease, workloads in law school can cut into social time, and shyness or feeling judged can lead to diminished social engagement. Finding connection with friends, faculty, advisors, family, or a spiritual network is important and doable. This section includes resources describing the damage caused by social isolation, others' experiences with feeling lonely, and tips for engaging with people.
If you're interested in learning more, our Continuity of Library Services guide contain sections on (1) coping with stress, (2) prioritizing self-care, and (3) adjusting to change.
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