The topic of mental health and substance abuse in the legal industry is getting some much-needed light. A quick search of recent media activity on the topic indicates there is a growing conversation and movement to recognize that both mental health and substance abuse are prevalent in the legal industry. More importantly, that there is a need to be open on these topics, offer support for those in need and work towards bettering the working environment, which is often referred to as “toxic”. However, in an industry where the professional staff are still often referred to as “non-lawyers” or simply “staff”, it should not be a surprise that the professional staff are often left out of this growing movement, nor should it be that they have fewer resources available to them from the law firms when it comes to mental health and substance abuse.
Stress and Pressure Do Not Discriminate at Law Firms