Mental Health Awareness Week: Forgiveness

Charleston School of Law continues Mental Health Awareness week today. The focus today is on forgiveness.

This event will be held at 12 noon in Room 224. Briana Suhr, a clinical mental health counseling intern with Lawyers Helping Lawyers, will address the complex process of loss and grief and how connection can support the healing process.

Forgiveness is a decision to let go of resentment and thoughts of revenge. Although forgiveness doesn’t excuse or erase the act that hurt you, forgiveness can lessen its grip on you. We often think of forgiveness as letting someone else off the hook while in fact, holding onto resentment often keeps you stuck. The beauty of forgiveness is that it helps free you from the control of the person who harmed you. Forgiveness can even lead to surprising feelings of understanding, empathy, and compassion. And PEACE. Forgiveness can bring peace.

What are the benefits of forgiveness?

Letting go of grudges and bitterness can make way for improved mental health and peace of mind. Forgiveness can lead to:

  • Healthier relationships
  • Improved mental health
  • Less anxiety, stress, and hostility
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Fewer symptoms of depression
  • A stronger immune system
  • Improved heart health
  • Improved self-esteem


The Charleston School of Law is an ABA-accredited law school nationally recognized for its student-centric culture. Our faculty and staff are committed to preparing you for success both in the classroom and in the legal profession.

  • The Princeton Review ranks Charleston School of Law professors sixth in the country for faculty accessibility and No. 12 nationwide in quality of teaching (2022)
  • Charleston School of Law faculty ranked among the top of The Princeton Review’s list of Best Professors in the nation (2016-2018)
  • Experiential Learning: Charleston School of Law students have access to more than 150 externship sites, creating opportunities for experiential learning in the legal field.
  • Community Service: Charleston School of Law students have performed more than 241,000 community service hours (2004-current).
  • Students have won the National Tax Moot Court Championship for seven consecutive years (2012-2018)

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