64% of the small law industry do not believe that legal professionals are adequately resourced to cope with mental health in 2019 and beyond.
The alarming findings in LEAP’s Small Law Industry Index leave many concerned about the future state of the legal profession – and rightly so. Despite increased industry-wide attention to the subject of mental health, turning awareness into mainstream action continues to be a challenge for the small law sector.
With triggers such as extremely longs hours, large workloads, and often an unrelenting requirement to meet client or business demands, lawyers are struggling to develop adequate coping strategies.
One survey respondent stated that “being time-poor, over-worked and stressed is a significant contributor.” Add to that the prevalent stigma associated with coming forward or seeking help, and mental health proves a formidable opponent for the legal sector.
The Index goes further to reveal that many haven’t fully grasped the steps required to combat this challenge. Specifically, recognising the main drivers, developing adequate preventative measures and dealing with subsequent repercussions.
Another survey respondent commented, “Mental health is not really understood by legal professionals. There is so much that legal professionals can do to make an impact in this area, and ultimately avoid themselves or their clients being subjected to this debilitating disease.”
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At LEAP, we are committed to the wellbeing and mental health of all legal and conveyancing professionals across Australia. We recognise that while the practice of law is inherently adversarial, issues of mental health must be dealt with in a unified manner.
LEAP’s upcoming Small Law Industry Summit on 14 March 2019 provides the ideal platform to start the all-important conversation. With two main sessions specifically dedicated to the topic of wellness, we aim to reduce the stigma, improve the literacy around mental health, and identify practical steps that law firms operating in the small law sector can take to help legal professionals remain well.
The Summit sessions will be led by two prominent industry leaders.
Sam Makhoul, Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer, MSA National
Session: Energy is the new currency
10:10am – 11:00am
Sam will address the two main factors to increased energy, physical health and emotional happiness, and share 12 practical tips to reaching peak mental and physical performance. By attending this session, you will learn how you can work sustainably to achieve more in less time.
Chelsea Pottenger, Director at EQ Consulting and Industry Keynote Speaker
Session: Mindfulness and avoiding the burnout
Time: 3:50pm – 4:20pm
Chelsea will share how legal professionals can identify their personal stress triggers and subsequently disarm stress and anxiety with clinically proven techniques. The session will focus on practical tips to recalibrate the brain for improved focus, memory and productivity. By attending this session, you will walk away with brilliant tools that will empower you to become more mindful, more productive and most-importantly more resilient.
At LEAP, we help law firms because you help people. With the Index highlighting mental health as an issue that continues to weigh heavily on the legal profession, we are determined to ensure that the small law sector is adequately resourced to cope with mental health in 2019 and beyond.
If you are currently struggling to cope with the pressures of your job, would like to understand how your firm can foster a healthy working environment for its staff, or simply are interested in increasing your awareness of the issue, we encourage you to attend the Small Law Industry Summit.
By keeping the conversation alive, together we will protect the mental health, wellbeing and mindfulness of the legal profession.0