UTS:Law graduate tackles the stigma of mental illness head on!
UTS:Law graduate Jerome Doraisamy was a law student who did it all. While enrolled in a full-time study load for his double degree in Law/Communications (Social Inquiry), he worked 2-3 days a week as a paralegal and was heavily involved in the work of the UTS Law Students’ Society. He was well known on campus, but what might not have been as well known about him, was that he wasn’t coping at all – during his time as a law student Jerome had depression.
“As a student, I was very active on campus… but, even with the high level of exposure and communication I had with the student body and faculty, and the subsequent support and network I had, I wasn’t able to recognise my own health and wellbeing problems manifesting, and nor did anyone else,” he says, “I have a concern that there are students who weren’t as fortunate as me… might be falling through the cracks and experiencing serious issues.”
Over his career Jerome has gone worked in a number of different fields including commercial practice, government work and academic research. However, he says his main desire now lies in helping people.
His book, The Wellness Doctrines, was released on 1 October 2015. The Wellness Doctrines is a self-help guide for young legal professionals, students and lawyers, to proactively combat and manage the issues that may give rise to psychological distress, anxiety and depression in law.
“I am hopeful that this book, and ultimately my advocacy for the issues discussed by the project as a whole, can be a resource for all young legal professionals to draw upon in the early years of their career and throughout law school,” he says,
“Ideally, every law student and young lawyer in Australia would have this book, perhaps at their desk or in the drawer of their bedside table, as a handy survival guide to navigate their way through the various scenarios that might affect their health and wellbeing.”
To find out more, or to purchase a copy of The Wellness Doctrines, go to http://www.thewellnessdoctrines.com/. If you aren’t coping and need someone to talk to please seek help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Story by: Rebecca Brediceanu
Photo: Amanda Lacey
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