October 8, 2020
Mecklenburg County Bar
COVID-19, Mental Health & Wellness
Don't get tired of hearing about the pandemic. Get tired of doing nothing with your rising stress around it.
Legal professionals are facing increased stress more than ever during this pandemic, and as the first few months of quarantine are shifting, additional uncertainties and stressors are arising. We already know that attorneys are prone to chronic stress, anxiety, depression and at risk for substance abuse, suicide, and other mental health issues. Compared to other professionals, including doctors, research shows higher prevalence rates of suicide, alcohol and drug abuse, stress, depression, and anxiety among attorneys.
Operating during a global pandemic could increase these risks or put people at risk for relapse if they are already struggling with mental health and/or substance use problems. Moreover, feelings of shame and isolation accompany suffering from these issues and potentially seeking support around them. For many people, mental health and emotional wellness take a backseat during times of stress, and survival mode kicks in. Perhaps we focus all our energies around work and family, just trying to stay afloat and keep our heads above water or survive burnout. Like we tell our clients, there are other ways beyond this. In order to continue to excel at work, stay engaged in actively building your business and clients, we need to make space to be proactive around developing or maintaining strategies to succeed at work and risk mitigation techniques geared towards wellness for lawyers. We know we're going to be sustaining our practices through the pandemic for some time, so let's create dialogue and opportunity for you to learn some of these strategies and navigate this unchartered territory together to move beyond survival mode.
Outcomes for attorneys include:
- Gain better insight and understanding around mental health challenges in the current changing landscape of the pandemic- warning signs and symptoms
- Be aware of some of the unique challenges that continuing to move through COVID-19 and uncertainties presents for themselves, their family members, as well as attorney/paralegal colleagues
- Be able to normalize mental health challenges and stress management in an accessible way.
- Learn and be able to identify specific coping strategies that they can use for stress management in themselves, as well as in ways of offering support to family members or colleagues during this time of transition.
- Be able to identify and provide external sources of support in the case of people who need them.
Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following components:
If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.
How to Attend
Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.
You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.