Reed Smith counsel Mark Goldstein wasn’t sure he could both be a lawyer and have mental health disabilities. But he learned how to survive and thrive in Big Law. …Roughly six weeks earlier, I had been diagnosed with severe depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety. I felt scared. Ashamed. Crippled. As if I was going to die. Perhaps most of all, I felt alone, particularly in a profession that often stigmatizes mental health disorders. A profession that tends to label them, instead, as “burnout,” or sweep them under the rug. Click here to continue reading this commentary by Mark S Goldstein on Law.com.
A group of lawyers at international law firm Dentons have reported a decrease in their stress levels after completing a new mindfulness scheme. Around 60 people across the firm’s European offices took part in the two-month NextMind programme, which teaches participants about the neuroscientific and psychological aspects of stress, the culture of perfectionism and cognitive bias. Click here to continue reading this blog post at LawCareers.net.
Penn Law will launch a pilot program this spring to integrate sessions on attorney well-being into mandatory coursework, making it the first top-ranked law school in the country to do so. In 2017, the American Bar Association reported high levels of stress, depression, and substance abuse among practicing lawyers. In response to the report, Penn Law developed the program on the importance of attorney mental health. Click here to continue reading this article by Ashley Ahn for the Daily Pennsylvanian.
When you stop and actually look at things with some clarity, you begin to see how things are interconnected, how we are all connected to each other, how institutions, if they’re going to function at a high level, need to be interconnected, and we need to help those institutions reinvent themselves on that universal principle. That’s where mindfulness really comes into play, as it allows you to see how things are and need to be connected, as opposed to the silos in which we see things today. Click here to read the full article by Channing Sargent for the LA Review of Books.
The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being has raised strong concerns about the poor state of the mental health and well-being of lawyers and law students across the country. The co-chairs of the Task Force concluded that recent studies’ findings of professional ill health and lack of well-being were incompatible with a sustainable legal profession and raised troubling implications for many lawyers’ basic competence. This Article takes an in-depth look at the relevance of mindfulness for the legal profession and legal education and offers mindfulness as one way to begin to respond effectively to the Task Force’s concerns. Click here to read the article by Charity Scott in the Arizona... Learn More
Since I started practising mindfulness in 2013, I’ve noticed that I’m calmer and more likely to feel compassionate towards victims, witnesses and even offenders. I think that has implications for evidence-gathering, crime detection, victim satisfaction and community relations. Click here to read this case study from the Mindfulness Initiative.
Speaking about the forthcoming event, Professor Lokesh Joshi, Vice President for Research at NUI Galway, said: “As mental health is becoming more of a priority issue for governments and policy makers, this conference will share experiences of mindfulness programmes nationally and internationally with a view to developing best practice and informing policy. “Through research and a range of activities on our campuses, we are exploring how mindfulness contributes to improved wellbeing in our society. Click here to continue reading this article by Micheál Ó Maoileoin for the Galway Daily.
University now offering a one-of-a-kind course on mindfulness meditation to first year students. It’s an annual rite of spring on university campuses — exam stress. Yet, perhaps defying the odds, almost two dozen students at Western University’s Law school aren’t tearing their hair out. They are meditating. Click here to continue reading this article published by CBC News.
With lawyers among the most stressed professionals in the UK and women the worst affected, tight deadlines, too much work, pressure and responsibility can take their toll. But mindfulness offers a way of coping for those dealing with such anxieties. Click here to continue reading this article by Matthew Kay for the Global Legal Post.
A new bill to be introduced during the legislative short session next month is asking for all Oregon police officers to take a closer look inward – at their mental welfare. Click here to continue reading this article by Melanie Sevcenko for the Skanner News.