Mental Health and Wellbeing

2017/18 Annual Report

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee worked carefully through the 13 recommendations that were adopted under the Law Society’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Recommendations 2016-2020 (following the review of the 2011 Report on Psychological Distress and Depression in the Legal Profession).

An example of this was the review of Recommendation 12, which involved assisting the Law Society to develop a seminar on fostering healthy relationships with the bench.

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 working conditions and to provide some context for potential initiatives aimed at addressing these issues.

The Committee has encouraged strong advocacy about 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 promoted the use of the Locum Register and outlined the benefits, especially to small firms and sole practitioners, of taking leave and allowing another practitioner to operate their business.

Committee members are proactive in promoting the mental health services that the Law Society provides at events and seminars.

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