A new Guide on wellbeing and mental health for lawyers has just been released by lawyers and researchers associated with the Wellness Network for Law. It was produced as a collaboration between the NSW Law Society, NSW Young Lawyers and four staff at ANU Legal Workshop. The chapters were primarily written by Stephen Tang, Margie Rowe, Tony Foley, Vivien Holmes and Colin James. There are also contributions from Ian Hickie and profiles from other familiar Wellness Network names, including Michelle Sharpe and Mary Digiglio.
The Guide is free and can be viewed online, downloaded as a PDF, and be ordered as hard copies:
The authors provide a more optimistic and comprehensive approach to wellbeing and mental health beyond identifying high levels of distress. It has a chapter specifically for new lawyers on ‘starting right’ but the rest of the Guide is useful for all lawyers, and also for law students. It addresses wellbeing, mental health, thriving, values/ethics and their relationship with wellbeing and the differing types of stress (there is good stress!) and how to deal with it.