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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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The holiday season, with its accompanying sprint to wrap up end-of-year client work, presents an opportune time for law firm leaders to turn their attention to mental health and wellness in our profession.

An American Bar Association task force has declared that to be a good lawyer, one needs to be a healthy lawyer. Mental health is a critical part of lawyer well-being, and it should be a priority for those of us in leadership. Firm leaders can do a number of things to encourage and maintain healthy environments and to ensure no one at their firm feels unsafe, self-conscious or stigmatized.

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