Law Society recognizes Mental Health Week 2017
Commemorated by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and other mental health organizations since 1951, Mental Health Week is an opportunity to discuss, learn about, and take action on issues related to mental health and wellness.
This year, the CMHA is encouraging Canadians to #GETLOUD and speak up for improved mental healthcare, and community resources.
The Law Society recognizes the importance of promoting mental health and wellness – increasing evidence suggests that legal professionals may be at a higher risk of struggling with mental illness and addictions than the general population.
In June of 2015, the Law Society established a Mental Health Task Force to design a strategy to address this issue.
Convocation approved the Mental Health Task Force’s strategy on April 28, 2016, which builds on existing mental health resources and lays the groundwork for additional supports and initiatives that fall within our mandate as the regulator.
In September 2016, Convocation appointed a Mental Health Strategy Implementation Task Force to monitor and provide guidance on the implementation of this mental health strategy. Its work is ongoing.
This Mental Health Week, the Law Society encourages you to learn more about the Law Society’s Mental Health Initiatives, including the Member Assistance Program (MAP), which is available to lawyers, paralegals, students at Ontario law schools and accredited paralegal colleges, judges, and their families.
The Law Society has also produced a number of educational events to help raise awareness about mental health concerns and share resources for the legal professions. Archived webcasts and materials for some of these programs are available:
- Speaking up for Positive Mental Health Awareness and Support Program
- Fostering Wellness – A Discussion of Mental Health in the Legal Profession
Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) Programs: