STRESS, LITIGATION AND LITIGATORS: USEFUL LINKS TO AVOID AND DEAL WITH PROBLEMS

The post earlier this week on the solicitor who went to great lengths to make up litigation led to the most visitors to this blog in one day.  It also led to wide coverage on twitter. What was noticeable was that, although the story was difficult to believe, there was no gloating by lawyers. Indeed the few responses received were sympathetic.

stress-111424__180One solicitor, whose is extremely experienced  and whose judgement I respect tweeted:

“You know I find I’m feeling incredibly sorry for the lawyer! He must have got into a world of hell

A post on this blog earlier this week dealt with the fact that, as lawyers, we are not trained to consider the matter from the client’s view and the stress caused to the client.  Nor are we trained to consider the issue of stress to ourselves or our colleagues.  The problem of  lawyers and stress, particularly litigators under stress, is an international phenomena. For that reason I have attempted to put many of the practical guides on avoiding stress, together with some general articles on stress, in one place.Here are some links from around the world on avoiding and dealing with stress for lawyers in general and, where possible, litigators in particular.

(After the first post of this blog I received recommendations from lawyers as to other links.  I am placing these in a separate section below).

THE FIGURES ON STRESS AND THE LEGAL PROFESSION

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The statistics are troubling. In 2012  Legal Futures reported that a fifth of lawyers who responded to a survey on stress in the legal profession are currently suffering from clinical depression or another mental illness.

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I thought that there were would be a few links on this issue. There are hundreds. I have been selective. On the whole I have selected those most relevant to litigation lawyers in particular and lawyers generally.

Practical guidance on avoiding and dealing with stress

Practical links from Lawyers with Depression

There is a blog “Lawyers with Depression” These links are taken from that blog.

GENERAL ARTICLES ON LAWYERS AND STRESS

RECOMMENDED LINKS

ORGANISATIONS THAT CAN HELP

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2 comments

  1. Reblogged this on DOMINIQUE HOGAN-DORAN and commented:
    As a member of the NSW Bar’s Health & Wellbeing Committee, I thank you Gordon for your kind-hearted contribution to these issues.

  2. Thank you Dominique. I have had nearly 50 visitors from Australia on the blog today. I guess they all come from you.

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