Crystal Tomusiak

Crystal Tomusiak

Crystal Tomusiak is Crown counsel with the B.C. Prosecution Service, Criminal Appeals. The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely her own and are not intended to represent the views or opinions of the B.C. Prosecution Service.

Changing the conversation

Does a good lawyer have to be mentally healthy? Perhaps it’s time to think differently about what makes us competent, writes Crystal Tomusiak

A more inclusive discussion on the impact of trauma on lawyers’ mental health is needed

There has been a growing acknowledgment of the prevalence of mental health issues in our profession, including our susceptibility to vicarious trauma, which comes as a result of the horrifying and disturbing cases to which many of us are routinely exposed.