Mental Health Week is May 2-8, 2022 and the Canadian Mental Health Association’s focus this year is empathy. What do you need to do to get ready to #Get Real about how to help? It’s a good question.
We know that the stigma around mental illness still determines whether we recognize what we’re feeling, talk about how we’re doing, or take the first steps toward improving our mental health. We know the impact it has on a lawyer’s health, legal practice and colleague’s practices. Empathy goes a long way to removing the stigma and is something you can learn and practice, even if it doesn’t come easily to you. To find out more, check out the info and articles section for the CMHA’s Mental Health Week and “before you weigh in, tune in”.
We also need to learn and practice empathy with ourselves. To help with that, next week’s webinar is a uniquely interactive session, revealing how much we have in common when it comes to stress and our response. In our surveys, members consistently ask for “more on mental health strategies”. So, we asked Bena Stock, one of our presenters for last year’s Bolstering Resilience webinar for “more”. On May 3rd, we hope you’ll join us for: Lawyer Well-Being – Concrete Strategies to Thrive in Law. Bena is an authority on mental health and well-being in the legal profession. A trusted advisor to lawyers, law firms and corporate legal departments, she provides counselling, education and training, and consultation on how to navigate mental health and lawyer well-being. For more information and to register, click here.
While you’re here, we’d like to remind members about Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) – any Saskatchewan lawyer, articling student, law student or their eligible family member may contact LCL 24 hours a day, 7 days a week directly for confidential assistance.
For other useful resources, check out SLIA’s wellness articles and the CBA course: Mental Health and Wellness in the Legal Profession.