WELLNESS AND BALANCE
WELLNESS AND BALANCE
Lawyers are exposed to high levels of stress on a daily basis. The results can be use, misuse or even addiction to drugs or alcohol, and challenges to physical or mental wellness. Stress is also a contributing factor in many LAWPRO claims. This section of the practicePRO site provides you with tools and resources to help you manage stress, and achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle. There is also information on addictions, and if you or someone you know needs help, a list of programs that offer assistance to lawyers in crisis.
Help for lawyers and licensed paralegals from Homewood Health
Homewood Health provides the confidential Member Assistance Program (MAP) for Ontario lawyers, law students,
licensed paralegals, and their families, with financial support from the Law Society and LAWPRO (though separate
Contact the MAP for professional counselling and
volunteer peer support. MAP counsellors offer help for alcohol, drug or other addictions, eating disorders, stress, burnout or
mental illness. If you, your partner or your spouse needs help, please call. All calls are strictly confidential.
The MAP can be reached at 1.855.403.8922 (TTY: 1.866.433.3305).
Online services are available at www.myassistplan.com.
Completing a Homewood e-Learning course qualifies for one $50 LAWPRO Risk Management credit per policy year.
Click here for details.
Tools to Stay Healthy
Taking steps to manage stress is just the start. Staying healthy is also an essential part of maintaining a productive and successful law practice. And there is a bonus: a healthy lifestyle will give you much more than a successful career. You will experience a boost in your energy level, an overall improved feeling about yourself and better-than-ever health. Consider the following three ways you can achieve a better-balanced and healthy lifestyle:
Personal problems are a part of most lives at one time or another. Being equipped to recognize and deal with performance detractors such as illnesses or addictions can help prevent them from negatively impacting one's personal and professional life. The following are five kinds of addictions that have played a role in the claims against lawyers in their legal practice.
- Alcoholism -
Studies indicate that members of the legal profession are particularly prone to developing alcohol dependencies.
Click here to assess your dependency on alcohol, and to learn how you can take steps to deal with this addiction.
- Drugs -
Dependence on drugs, including tobacco, cannabis, cocaine, and illegal substances, is all too common in today's world.
Click here to learn the danger signs, and what can be done to deal with this addiction.
- Gambling -
Gambling can be exciting and entertaining. For many it becomes an addiction with adverse affects impacting relationships, family, careers and finances.
Click here to assess if you have a gambling problem, and how you can get help.