Staying Safe and Sound – Maintaining A Work/Life Balance in Uncertain Times
We know that you are most likely being bombarded with messages about the Coronavirus, whether that be on television, social media, or in your community networks. At uncertain times like this, anxiety, stress, fear and negative thoughts can easily take control. You may be worried about being in crowds, your loved ones, your seniors, your office, your clients, your finances or how to manage whatever the future holds as we prepare to return to the “new normal” in our personal and professional lives.
The question facing everyone in the legal profession is compelling and far-reaching: “Will I ever be able to maintain a work/life balance “?
Recent studies have shown that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. The statistics are compelling and clearly indicate that 1 out of 3 attorneys will likely have a need for substance use or mental health services at some point in their careers. Accordingly, unexpected events like those we are facing as a society will have an even greater impact on lawyers and those who work with them.
- The prevalence rates of impairment in the legal profession due to substance use and mental health issues prior to COVID-19.
- Causes and symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety
- The impact of COVID-19 crisis on mental health issues and the role isolation plays
- Fear associated with the uncertainty surrounding the future of the legal industry
- Well- being strategies to reduce or alleviate these conditions
- Tips for maintaining a healthy and productive work/life balance
- Ethical dilemmas created by the Coronavirus crisis, including remote supervision of attorneys and staff, record and timekeeping, data security and confidentiality in the remote office setting.
- Why legal professionals are at higher risk to develop mental health and substance use disorders
- Challenges and barriers facing legal professionals from seeking help
- The free, confidential services provided by Lawyers Assistance Programs to lawyers, their family members, judges and law students
- The role that education plays in breaking the stigma and fear associated with addiction and mental illness in the legal profession
- Resources available to both lawyers and support staff with emphasis on COVID-19 issues