Some facts about people working in law
There are countless reasons to support a colleague.
Some of the reasons are:
1. 1 in 5 of us will experience a mental illness. 1
2. We will all experience loss and grief.2
3. We will all experience disappointment.3
4. Almost 7 people die by suicide every day.4
5. Around 200 people attempt to take their life each day.5
6. Many of us will hold ourselves to impossibly high standards and not know how to put the mistakes we make into perspective.6
7. Mental ill-health and depression is a big issue in the legal profession. When compared to other professions, lawyers experienced the highest incidence of depressive symptoms.7
8. A sense of connectedness and support enhances our wellbeing.8
9. We are not required to fix a colleague's problems. We are meant to listen, not judge, encourage action, and follow up.9
10. We all possess the skills to look deeper.10
1 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing.
2 Our parents and grandparents won’t live forever
3 Just ask the person next to you
4 ABS, Causes of Death, 2012
5 Lifeline Australia, https://www.lifeline.org.au/About-Lifeline/Media-Centre/Suicide-Statistics-in-Australia/Suicide-Statistics
6 We all know a perfectionist
7 Law Council of Australia, http://www.lawcouncil.asn.au/lawcouncil/index.php/12-resources/240-mental-health-and-wellbeing-in-the-legal-profession
8 Suicide Prevention Australia Position Statement: “ Social Inclusion and Suicide Prevention”, September 2011.
9 https://ruok.org.au/how-to-ask – R U OK? 4 steps to a conversation
10 That’s’ why this campaign exists