Resilience@law is a collaboration between The College of Law and the five major national law firms: Allens Linklaters, Ashurst, Clayton Utz, Herbert Smith Freehills and King & Wood Mallesons. The initiative aims to take a leadership role in raising awareness and understanding of the nature and impact of stress, depression and anxiety across the legal profession (from graduate lawyers through to partners).

The four objectives of Resilience@law are:

  1. Awareness and education
  2. Removing the stigma surrounding mental illness
  3. Self care strategies
  4. Support and resources for mental health concerns.

The College, as part of the collaboration, has developed a mandatory educational module to implement the objectives of the group. This is included as part of the face-to-face workshops. In all we reach about 2,500 graduate lawyers a year – a considerable mental health initiative.

Resilience@Law Recognised at Health Matters Awards

In October 2012, The College of Law was recognised at the Health Matters Awards for the introduction Resilience@Law program into the Practical Legal Training curriculum. The Mental Health MattersAwards recognise the achievements of individuals and organisations who have worked to improve understanding, awareness, service provision and the general mental health of the community.

One of the creators of the program, Michael Appleby, a lecturer at The College of Law, said that he and co-creator Judy Bourke “were inspired to not only draw attention to the high levels of depression and anxiety in law students and practising lawyers, but to celebrate a program to give students the relevant skills and knowledge to help them maintain their own mental wellbeing and to give them information about mental illness and where to seek help.”