Countdown to Well-Being Week

2021/05/03 00:00:00

Together We Can Bring Out the Best in the Legal Profession

Well-being is an institution-wide responsibility. When our professional and organizational cultures support our well-being, we are better able to make good choices that allow us to thrive and be our best for our clients, colleagues, organizations, families, and communities. It is up to all of us to cultivate new professional norms and cultures that enable and encourage well-being. Do your part and help spread the word.

See the Awareness Messaging materials to help you do so and add #WellbeingWeekInLaw to your posts.

Well-Being Week in Law (WWIL) is a good next step we can take together.To align with Mental Health Awareness Month in May, WWIL will occur the first week of May every year–which, in 2021, will be May 3-7.  The aim of WWIL is to raise awareness about mental health and encourage action and innovation across the profession to improve well-being. In 2021, the event’s name was changed from “Lawyer Well-Being Week” to WWIL to be more explicitly inclusive of all of the important contributors to the legal profession who are not lawyers.

WWIL is an event of the Institute for Well-Being in Law (IWIL) (formerly named the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being). Organizations that participate in WWIL include the American Bar Association (ABA) Law Practice Division and its Attorney Well-Being Committee and the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Program’s (CoLAP) Well-Being Committee.

The WWIL team of volunteers has been working hard to make it easy for you to get involved as well and become a well-being champion. You can help make a difference by organizing or joining in activities and events.

THE EVIDENCE IS IN ON LAWYER WELL-BEING

We can no longer ignore our profession’s well-being problem.

(Source: Krill et al., 2016; Mental Health Daily report of suicide by occupation)

36%

ALCOHOL

21-36% qualify as problem drinkers. Higher for men; under age 30; and private practice, especially solo practitioners.

28%

DEPRESSION

28% report mild or higher depression symptoms. Highest for men and solo practitioners.

23%

STRESS

23% report mild or higher stress symptoms. Highest for women and solo practitioners.

19%

ANXIETY

19% report mild or higher anxiety symptoms. Highest for women and solo practitioners.

Top 10

SUICIDE

Ranked #8 in a study of suicide by occupation. Rate is 1.33 times the national norm.

THIS AFFECTS ALL OF US

Too many lawyers are not thriving. A significant number struggle with mental health and alcohol use disorders. Many others, while not dealing with a diagnosable illness, still are not fully well. The result is that many lawyers are unable to be their best for their clients, colleagues, communities, and families.

Get Involved

You can make a positive impact during Well-Being Week.

We invite you to coordinate or participate in local activities, whether you’re an individual, law firm, corporate legal department, government entity, bar association, or other organization or consultant involved in the legal profession. Here is your invitation to participate. Please share it with others!

Check out these resources and activity ideas to help you get started:

Webinar

JOIN 5 WEBINARS TO BOOST WELL-BEING IN LAW

AND MAKE YOUR ORGANIZATION THRIVE.

Webinars TBA

May 3-7, 2021

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