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It’s Wednesday (again) and that means it’s time to talk Wellness (again). As usual, we’ve gathered a small collection of articles and content relating to mental health and wellness in the legal industry.
And we do talk a lot about those concepts for lawyers and legal professionals. But Harvard Business Review has a somewhat surprising take on the subject: How does the stressful and time-consuming nature affect those around us? Our children, for example. In this article, Stewart Friedman discusses research into how parents’ employment affects children’s development – how it might change a child’s view of family and career, or whether they might develop behavioral problems at school, and more. Read that here.
For our next piece, we hop over the pond to the United Kingdom where a recent study says that nearly half the lawyers there suffer some kind of work-related mental health issue. “Levels of illness were also more common among lawyers under the age of 30 and those working in large firms with more than 1,000 lawyers,” the study found. See more about this alarming issue here.
The ABA Journal’s question of the week tackles lawyer wellness. Each week the Journal asks readers to submit answers to their question and then compile them on social media. This week, the Journal is seeking advice from readers on lawyers suffering from anxiety. Check it out and submit your answer here.
Meanwhile, Jeena Cho has written her latest column for the Journal on the subject of anxiety. Noting that because many people respond differently, and because anxiety is not one particular thing but a “set of thoughts and physiological responses,” Cho writes that there is no “magical cure” for it. She suggests, instead, learning to control those thoughts and responses through various mental exercises. Read her column here.
Be sure to check back next week for more wellness info and events.