Mental Health and Wellness in the Legal Profession: An Online Course
The Canadian Bar Association has partnered with the Mood Disorders Society of Canada and Bell Let’s Talk to bring a free online wellness course targeted to legal professionals, including law students. The information provided includes:
Mood disorders and their causes, symptoms and treatment options;
How to foster positive prevention strategies;
Treatment and recovery strategies for depression, anxiety, addiction and stress;
How to reduce stigmatizing behaviours, attitudes and effects; and
Support and resources for recovery and maintaining wellness.
The Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI)
The Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) is a specialist state-wide program that is administered through North Metropolitan Health Services in Western Australia. The resources on the website have been made available to the public through a project funded by the Office of Mental Health. If you are looking for information about a particular mental health concern, this website offers various modules and workbooks that may be relevant to you.
LawLifeline was developed by The Jed Foundation and The Dave Nee Foundation to meet the unique needs of law school students
LawLifeline is a mental health resource specifically for law students in American law schools. It is full of information tailored to a law student’s emotional health needs.
Canadian Mental Health Association
As a nation-wide, voluntary organization, the Canadian Mental Health Association promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. Their website contains many resources for a variety of mental health concerns.
The Mindful Law Student
Offered by: Institute for Mindfulness Studies (IMS)
This website brings the contemplative practice of mindfulness to law students. It offers many mindfulness insights and instruction techniques specifically designed for legal professionals.
Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO)
The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario offers free support and recovery programs to people across Ontario living with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. They provide peer support groups, recovery programs, family and youth clinical support, early intervention for mental health concerns and online tools focused on wellness and recovery.
The Member Assistance Program
Offered by: Homewood Human Solutions
The Member Assistance Program (MAP) is a confidential service funded by and fully independent of the Law Society of Upper Canada, supporting its commitment to help all members in achieving their health and wellness goals.
ConnexOntario Helplines offers free, confidential province-wide health services information and referrals via 24-hour helplines for people experiencing problems with mental illness, alcohol and drugs, or gambling. Funded by the Government of Ontario.
A non-profit initiative of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) dedicated to improving the mental health of children, youth and families
eMentalHealth.ca has a comprehensive list of online screening tools that may help identify whether further assistance might be required. Note that this does not replace seeking help from a health professional. Screening tools for adults include: alcohol, gambling or substance use problems, anxiety disorders, social anxiety, ADHD in adults, Autism Spectrum Disorder in adults, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, seasonal affective disorder and depression, schizophrenia and psychosis, sleep problems and disorders, eating disorders, domestic violence, and general mental health, among others.
Distress Centres Ontario
This online resource provides referrals to member Distress Centres across Ontario which offer support and a variety of services to their communities. Distress Centres often include 24/7 helplines or in-person assistance, as well as referral services.
Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres
The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres offers online resources for survivors. The website also provides community-based referrals to rape crisis centres in Ontario. All centres provide free and confidential counselling, information and support services to survivors of sexual violence. Services may include face-to-face counselling, a 24-hour crisis line, group counselling, assistance navigating legal proceedings, information on other community resources, and information and support for partners, families and friends of survivors.