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Minds Over Matters: An Examination of Mental Health in the Legal Profession

Law.com has embarked on a yearlong investigation into mental health across every sector of the legal profession. Over the course of 12 months, we will aim to shine a light on mental health, addiction, stress and well-being; destigmatize the issue; and identify methods to effectuate change.

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As the attention to mental health within the legal industry is increasing, more law firms are hiring professionals to head up their well-being efforts. With few road maps or even a clear definition of what a well-being professional is, it can be difficult to determine the right fit for a particular firm’s needs.

These professionals come from a variety of backgrounds with a wide breadth of knowledge and experience and with credentials in vastly different areas. They are licensed therapists, social workers, personal coaches, nurses, mindfulness experts and even personal fitness trainers.

They bring their own unique talents to the table, and while all of these talents have a place within the larger framework of well-being, law firms should look for four key elements when bringing on a professional to design and head a well-being program.

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