The end of 2016 is upon us and another new year awaits. This year, it was reported through an ABA CoLAP/Hazelden Betty Ford study that the legal profession is experiencing alcohol use disorders and mental health issues at rates higher than those among the general population and other professions. Another study this year revealed high rates of binge drinking or misuse of drugs, and/or reported mental health challenges among law students, who are, at the same time, reluctant to seek help. As we look towards 2017, it’s important to reflect on the realities of our profession, and take positive steps towards maintaining and treating our physical and mental health.
Jeena Cho – lawyer, co-author of The Anxious Lawyer, co-founder of Shape the Law and all-around contributor to the discussion of wellness, mindfulness and resilience in the legal profession – is helping to set the new year off right with a recap of useful articles in the the Above the Law post, “10 Tips For An Inspiring 2017.” For more resources, including a directory of state and local lawyer assistance programs, visit the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs website.