The ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs in partnership with the ABA Law Practice Division Attorney Well-Being Committee (AWBC) and the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being launched the first annual Lawyer Well-Being Week – May 4-8, 2020, to align with Mental Health Awareness Month in May. The aim of Lawyer Well-Being Week (LWBW) is to raise awareness and encourage action across the profession to improve well-being for lawyers and their support teams. The event offers coordinated activities, webinars and well-being resources.
The following update with guides on how to do LWBW remotely is provided by Anne Brafford, LWBW organizer.
- Remote Participation Guide (posted on the Activity Ideas page): For each day of well-being week, this guide includes multiple, remote-friendly recommendations for videos, articles, and activities aligned with each day’s well-being dimension.
- Bar Association Participation Guide (posted on the Activity Ideas page): This guide includes only one recommendation for a video, article, and activity that they can use to support their own activities or simply to recommend to their membership. This is a stripped down version of the Remote Guide given that bar associations often have fewer staff devoted to well-being than law firms, etc. (Thanks to Martha Knudson of the Utah bar for helping with this).
- Pre-Prepared Daily Social Media Posts. At the bottom of the Awareness Messaging page on the website, you’ll find a downloadable social media post for each day of well-being week. Each gives the same recommendations for one video, article, and activity as appears in the Bar Association Guide.