A 2016 study by the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation revealed troubling statistics on the levels of problematic drinking, depression and anxiety within the legal profession. It also uncovered that these problems are more prevalent among younger attorneys.
Last week, an article at TheIndianaLawyer.com highlighted ongoing efforts to help law students and young lawyers address these issues. Among those featured are the confidential services of the Indiana Supreme Court’s Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, programming at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, including a new Yoga Club, and the work of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section’s Wellness Committee.
Also included is a message to students from the Indiana Board of Law Examiners that “…a willingness to identify and respond to mental health issues actually reflects well on bar applicants…” and to …“never avoid seeking help just because they are afraid of looking bad on a bar exam application.”