About This Course
We know that you may still be getting bombarded with messages about Covid related issues, whether that be on television, social media, or in your work and community networks. In uncertain times like these, anxiety, stress, fear, and negative thoughts can easily take control. You may still be worried about being in crowds, wearing a mask, getting another vaccine or booster for yourself and your loved ones, your office, your clients, your finances or how to manage whatever the future holds as we continue our return to the “new normal” in our personal and professional lives.
Recent studies have shown that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. The statistics are compelling and clearly indicate that 1 out of 3 attorneys will likely have a need for substance use or mental health services at some point in their careers. Accordingly, unexpected events like those we are facing as a society will have an even greater impact on lawyers and those who work with them.
In light of this unprecedented crisis and it’s far- reaching impact, our panel will discuss:
- Causes, symptoms and common warning signs of alcohol and substance use disorders, as well as mental health issues such as depression, stress and anxiety.
- The impact of the COVID crisis on mental health issues.
- Fear associated with the uncertainty surrounding the future of the legal industry
- Well- being strategies to reduce or alleviate these conditions and maintain a healthy work/life balance.
- Why legal professionals are at higher risk to develop mental health and substance use disorders
- Challenges and barriers facing legal professionals from seeking help
- The free, confidential services provided by Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of PA to lawyers, judges, their family members and law students.
- The role that education plays in breaking the stigma and fear associated with addiction and mental illness in the legal profession