Mental Health and Wellbeing

2018/19 Annual Report

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee was formed in 2011 having been an ad hoc committee on Psychological Distress and Depression in the Legal Profession and Bullying.

On 8 December 2015, Council adopted the Mental Health & Wellbeing Recommendations 2016 to 2020.

Since July 2018, the Committee has been focusing on the need for education in the profession on health and wellbeing topics. In conjunction with the Young Lawyers Committee, the Committee developed a survey for junior lawyers in order to learn more about the issues they face as a result of their pay and working conditions and to provide some context for potential initiatives aimed
at addressing these issues.

The Committee was consulted on and assisted in the presentation of a seminar on Fostering Healthy Relationships with the Bench. Members of the Committee also attended a Curtin University seminar on mental health first aid.

The Committee has been proactive in advocating the use and access of the Law Society’s LawCare WA programme and has monitored the use of the Member Assistance Programme (counselling service) and the Employee Relations Advice Line.

The Committee also advocates the need to self-disclose mental illness when running a practice in the event that the practitioner is struggling to cope.

For more information about this committee please email General Manager, Advocacy – Mary Woodford, advocacy@lawsocietywa.asn.au