April is Stress Awareness Month

Stress Awareness Month is a “national, cooperative effort to inform people about the dangers of stress, successful coping strategies, and harmful misconceptions about stress that are prevalent in our society.” It is sponsored by the Health Resource Network (HRN), a non-profit health education organization. Throughout the month, HRN works to encourage others to develop and disseminate educational materials and to hold events dedicated to stress awareness.

In 2016, ABA CoLAP and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation conducted a study to examine alcohol use, substance abuse, mental health issues and help-seeking behaviors of lawyers. Twenty-three percent of respondents reported experiencing mild or higher levels of stress.

Visit the CoLAP website for resources and articles on stress in the legal profession.

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