mental health

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

    Jun 3, 2019

    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.

  • Burnout redefined by the World Health Organization

    Jun 3, 2019

    Burnout, whether your own or your staff's, drains productivity. It reduces efficiency and increases absenteeism and presenteeism (working while sick). One of the problems with burnout is that many of us only have a vague sense of what it is, if we recognize it at all.

  • Mental health’s toll

    Mental health’s toll

    May 20, 2019

    Nova Scotia Judge Timothy Daley has experienced first-hand how a mental health issue can impact a career and personal life.

  • Gascon’s treatment by SCC lauded as compared to Le Dain’s

    Gascon’s treatment by SCC lauded as compared to Le Dain’s

    May 17, 2019

    On Thursday the Supreme Court of Canada posted a photo to its Twitter page showing the high court judges surrounding Justice Clément Gascon leaving the Supreme Court’s courtroom for the last time.

  • Western Law to launch academic mindfulness course this fall

    Western Law to launch academic mindfulness course this fall

    May 16, 2019

    Western University’s law school is introducing an upper-level, for-credit elective starting this fall about exercising mindfulness, a self-aware focus on one’s thoughts and emotions to promote mental health, and its correlation to the practice of law — an academic course thought to be the first of its kind in Canada.

  • When the mind fails to heal

    When the mind fails to heal

    Feb 11, 2019

    Personal injury lawyers, on the plaintiff and insurance-defence side, say they are increasingly dealing with claimants diagnosed with somatic symptom disorder, previously known as somatoform disorder.

  • Don’t stigmatize religious lawyers

    Feb 4, 2019

    What is the place of religion in a lawyer’s daily life? How should lawyers reconcile this with their professional obligations?

  • Our most important tool

    Feb 4, 2019

    If you speak with any legal tech entrepreneur long enough, talk often shifts from cool new technologies to human behaviour.

  • Confronting the unseen

    Confronting the unseen

    Feb 4, 2019

    In her judicial application, Michele Hollins was asked how her experience would provide her with insight into the diversity of Canadian perspectives. She cited the impact of mental illness in her answer.

  • Improving mental health in a small firm

    Jan 21, 2019

    Mental health has been a trending issue in recent years, and for good reason. We have all come across cautionary tales about the importance of mental health and the dangers of depression, burnout, and substance abuse within the profession.

  • Racialized lawyers face additional struggles with mental health

    Racialized lawyers face additional struggles with mental health

    Nov 29, 2018

    While studies have shown that lawyers disproportionately face mental illness more so compared to other professions, racialized lawyers often face additional challenges in this regard, according to a panel of lawyers speaking yesterday at the Roundtable of Diversity Association’s fourth annual conference in partnership with the Ontario Bar Association.

  • LSBC task force supports removing admissions questions about mental health

    LSBC task force supports removing admissions questions about mental health

    Nov 20, 2018

    A Law Society of British Columbia task force is recommending a review of “stigmatizing” language in its admission program and code of conduct that it indicates could act as a disincentive for lawyers and law students to seek help for issues related to mental health and substance abuse.

  • The silent, hidden struggle in our profession

    Sep 17, 2018

    The challenges faced by the newest members of our profession are unprecedented. It is clear to see why so many of our newest colleagues become victims of mental illness depression, anxiety and other illnesses.

  • LSO allows lawyer to surrender licence in review that considered his mental health

    LSO allows lawyer to surrender licence in review that considered his mental health

    Jul 19, 2018

    A Law Society of Ontario tribunal has decided to move forward with the termination of a lawyer’s licence in a decision that included a lengthy analysis of the lawyer’s mental health issues.

  • Mental health courts on the rise in Quebec

    Mental health courts on the rise in Quebec

    Feb 12, 2018

    Quebec’s justice ministry has been the main driver in the development of so-called therapeutic or restorative justice projects, which look at crime through the accused’s mental illness and global state rather than the legal details.

  • Report says B.C.'s Mental Health Act needs overhaul

    Dec 22, 2017

    British Columbia is considered the most regressive jurisdiction in Canada for mental health detention and involuntary psychiatric treatment, with many practices violating individual human rights, according to a report released by the Community Legal Assistance Society of B.C.

  • High-pressure law jobs linked to depression

    High-pressure law jobs linked to depression

    Oct 26, 2017

    The more lawyers get paid, the more likely they are to experience depression, dissatisfaction with their career choice and work-life balance conflict, according to research released this week.

  • A ‘sea change’ on mental health from the LSUC

    Apr 27, 2016
  • Wilson-Raybould ‘an inspirational choice’ for justice post

    Nov 4, 2015
  • Law is stressful; free massages at Windsor courthouse

    Jan 5, 2015