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What No One Else Tells You About Wellness in the Legal Profession

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Description: The statistics for mental health issues, substance abuse, and suicide within the legal profession are alarming. The true statistics are unknown due to many cases that go unreported, as people are afraid to seek professional help for fear that disclosure will negatively impact their careers. With law students and lawyers approximately two times more likely than the general population to die by suicide and many at risk for depression, alcoholism, and other issues, more needs to be done to address these issues.
This course will focus on the stresses particular to lawyers and the character traits that lead many lawyers to struggle at different points in their careers. We will discuss the following wellness spectrum as it relates to self-care for lawyers - Wellness[prevention] --> Mental health support[intervention]--> Suicidal ideation[crisis] – and how it is critical for us all to know where we fall on the spectrum at any given time and to respond accordingly. We will offer recommendations related to wellness (prevention), burnout, active mental health struggle/addiction, and suicide and expand on how individual attorneys can manage mental health in today's legal profession.
We will also explore what law firms, judges, government offices and other stakeholders can do to make “work-life balance” a realistic possibility. We will examine options other than the billable hour and the likelihood of their implementation. We will discuss the ABA Well-Being Pledge and its impact on improving the work environment. Questions related to such initiatives will be explored, discussed, and answered.

Lynn Garson brings a client-focused, business-oriented approach to her practice. She is diligent in facilitating a range of transactions and contracts for healthcare organizations, and she prioritizes their strategic goals.
Lynn has extensive experience with physician practice acquisitions, employment and related agreements.
In addition, Lynn is a mental health advocate and author. In July 2012, she published Southern Vapors, a memoir describing her journey from major clinical depression to recovery, and she has since spoken widely, including for a TEDx Emory talk: “Reforming the Approach to Mental Health in the U.S.” and made numerous presentations to private and public organizations. On December 8, 2013, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an article on her experience and mental health advocacy in a “Personal Journeys” segment, described by the paper as a feature that "spotlights the lives of extraordinary individuals and the stories that define our region and connect our community."

Practice Areas: Substance Abuse & Mental Illness Awareness
Online Media Type: Video
Production Date: 09/22/2022
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 3 Minutes
Online Format: On Demand

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Total Credits: 1
Specialty Credits: Ethics 1
Status: Reciprocal Credit Available
Expiration: 09/21/2025
Training Type: Online

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