MENTAL HEALTH

Mindfulness-Focused Mental Health Training for Attorneys

Mindfulness is a proven tool that lawyers can use to effectively cope with stress, as well as prevent the cognitive dysfunction associated with mismanaged stress and exposure to trauma. Our trainings and Continuing Legal Education courses harness powerful science-based techniques to help you manage chronic stressors, maintain mental clarity, and prevent burnout. Contact us today to discuss your organizational needs and schedule a customized program.

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MENTAL HEALTH CLE

The Mindful Approach to Addressing Mental Health Issues in the Legal Field

Join attorneys Becky Howlett and Cindy Sharp for this timely webinar as they explore the prevalence of burnout, stress, depression, and anxiety in the legal profession.

The landmark 2016 study on lawyer impairment, The Prevalence of Substance Use and Other Mental Health Concerns Among American Attorneys, found that attorneys have disproportionately high rates of mental health concerns compared with the general population. For example, 45.7% of lawyers self-reported experiencing symptoms of depression and 61% for anxiety. Tragically, 63% of them did not seek help for their mental health concerns. One of the main reasons cited is the fear that they would be stigmatized if others discovered their “problem.”

The objective of this program is to raise awareness about the nature of mental health distress in the legal setting, to challenge the biases and stigma that surround those concerns, and to motivate those who are suffering to take advantage of available resources. Certified Meditation Instructor Becky Howlett will teach and lead mindfulness practices throughout this session designed to help lawyers learn how to cope with stress, depression, and anxiety.

Topics include:

  • High prevalence of mental health issues among lawyers

  • Barriers to seeking treatment

  • Ways to support colleagues who may be in distress

  • Ethical implications of poorly managed stress

  • Overcoming stigma in the legal community

  • Mindfulness practices to help lawyers learn how to cope with stress, depression, and anxiety 

 
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IN THE NEWS

ABA GPSolo eReport

Attorneys Becky Howlett and Cynthia Sharp's monthly column in the American Bar Association's GPSolo eReport focuses on all aspects of attorney wellness and the real-life challenges of practicing law, including substance use, mental health, civility, and implicit bias.


We believe that generating open and honest conversations, including sharing our own personal struggles with mental health and addiction, will encourage others to seek needed help, as well as promote cultural change within our profession.

 

Addressing Mental Health Issues in the Legal Field

Lawyers face extraordinary professional stressors in the best of times. Studies confirm that attorneys are disproportionately impacted by depression, anxiety, stress, and hazardous drinking behavior.

 

Unmasking the Imposter Syndrome

Most of us have a “Little Voice” in our head that can either support or sabotage us and it’s our responsibility to take control it. Attorneys are often our own worst critic and we can fail victim to a false sense of inadequacy, a common phenomenon called The Imposter Syndrome. Taking steps to overcome Impostor Syndrome will help lawyers develop the confidence to engage in productive business development activities.

 

RESOURCES

 

How Meditation Helped Me Overcome Attorney Burnout

Lawyer and Certified Meditation Instructor Becky Howlett shares her personal struggles with depression and anxiety as a law student and young practicing attorney. Learn how mindfulness and meditation helped her recover from years of occupational burnout that crippled her legal career and personal life, and ultimately inspired her to launch The Legal Burnout Solution.

 

Stress Relief in Under a Minute

Attorney and Certified Meditation Instructor Becky Howlett teaches an evidence-based breathing technique you can use anywhere to immediately feel more calm, relaxed, and focused.