It is estimated that at any point in time, 1 in 6 Australians of working age will be suffering from mental illness. When compared to other professions, lawyers experience the highest incidence of depressive symptoms. Almost a third of solicitors and one in five barristers surveyed suffered from clinical depression.
The Resilience@Law program (a collaboration of 8 Australian law firms) is playing a leading role in raising awareness of depression, anxiety and stress across the legal profession, and what support options are available.
Resilience@Law as well as other law firms in Australia worked with the Black Dog Institute to create the video series 'Staying Well in the Law'. The videos chart the story of one lawyer’s experience with mental wellness, beautifully depicted by illustrator Matthew Johnstone.
We all know someone in our family, circle of friends or workplace who needs support. It is everyone’s responsibility to look out for themselves, those around us, and to encourage those around us to seek support if and when they need it.
Staying Well in the Law (Parts 1-3)
1 The Brain and Mind Research Institute report in 2009
If you or someone you know is in crisis please call one of the following national helplines:
Lifeline Counselling Service - 13 11 14
beyondblue - 1300 22 4636
You can find more support through the Black Dog Institute's Getting Help section