Rewiring the Law: Wellness for Law forum pushes for cultural change

January 21st, 2016 by
Wellness for Law

A landmark study in Australia revealed high levels of psychological distress and risk of depression in the law students and practicing lawyers who participated, when compared with Australian community norms and other tertiary groups. The death, in 2015, of Matthew Stutsel, a Sydney tax lawyer long outspoken on the importance of talking about the specific pressures on lawyers’ mental health, has again brought the issue to the fore.

Black Clouds and Silver Linings – the Fight to Improve Mental Health in Law

April 7th, 2015 by

In a survey of 34 managing partners conducted last month by Eaton Capital Partners (ECP), mental health again emerged as an issue for the legal profession. As Marie Jepson, member of the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation, said, “Research continues to show that the incidence of moderate or severe depression is 50% higher in lawyers than in any other profession.”

The Legal Blues – Dealing with Mental Illness in Law

January 21st, 2015 by

If you work in or study law, you know what we’re talking about. Pursuing a career in law can be a rewarding endeavour, but its myriad pressures can cast a long shadow over those who would practise it. Over the past decade, the mental health issues associated with the study and practise of law have become much more publicised.

Six ideas to help you cope with stress at work

May 1st, 2014 by

It’s rare to find a lawyer who hasn’t experienced some stress related to their work. The demands on lawyers are undeniable: complex matters, long hours, client expectations, billing targets and a competitive culture.

How resilience is helping lawyers beat the blues

November 6th, 2013 by

Demanding clients, complex matters, competitive colleagues and a culture of success. This is the stuff of legal life. As a result, lawyers suffer among the highest levels of depression, anxiety and substance abuse disorders of any employee group in the nation, and it’s not hard to see why