By Megan Kelley • November 19, 2018•Careers, Other Career Issues, Issues, Balancing Private and Professional Life
This year, the world seems to be becoming more fit and active. It is so nice seeing people getting outside and breathing in the fresh air. People all over our communities are really taking an interest in fitness, wellness programs, and self care. In a career where there is a high mortality rate due to suicide, as well as industry wide problems with stress and substance abuse, Bar Associations all over America are providing assistance for their members. Let’s check some out:
Alabama-Has established a Quality of Life Task Force for attorneys as of August 2018. The Task Force was designed to address dissatisfaction in the profession.
Alaska-Lawyer’s Assistance Committee assists attorneys with “education and respectful, confidential assistance.”
Arizona-No wellness or mental health programs listed on State Bar site.
Arkansas-No wellness or mental health programs listed on State Bar site.
California- No wellness or mental health programs listed on State Bar site.
Colorado-Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program (COLAP), Colorado Lawyers Helping Lawyers provides “confidential peer support and outreach.”
Connecticut- No wellness or mental health programs listed on State Bar site.
Florida-Mental Health and Wellness Center links to a podcast called “Mental Health First Aid Training” as well as other resources. Florida Lawyer Assistance Phone Number: (800) 282-8981.
Georgia-Links to Lawyers Living Well, Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP), and the Georgia Bar Suicide Awareness Campaign. Georgia Lawyers Helping Lawyers, a new program, offers confidential peer to peer counseling on a variety of issues.
Hawaii- No wellness or mental health programs listed on State Bar site.
Idaho- No wellness or mental health programs listed on State Bar site.
Illinois- No wellness or mental health programs listed on State Bar site.
Indiana- No wellness or mental health programs listed on State Bar site.
Iowa- No wellness or mental health programs listed on State Bar site.
Kansas- No wellness or mental health programs listed on State Bar site.
Kentucky- Kentucky Lawyer’s Assistance Program (KYLAP) provides confidential support for lawyer impairment issues.
Louisiana-Bar site links to JLAP, Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program and resources.
Maine- No wellness or mental health programs listed on State Bar site.
Maryland-Top of State Bar screen links to LAP information and local contacts from the LAP page.
Massachusetts- No wellness or mental health programs listed on State Bar site.
Michigan- No wellness or mental health programs listed on State Bar site.
Minnesota- No wellness or mental health programs listed on State Bar site.
Mississippi-Top of State’s Bar page has a link to LAP under “Programs and Affiliates.”
Missouri-Missouri Lawyer’s Assistance Program
Montana-State Bar site contains LAP link containing program support group information and the contact phone number of the local counselor for LAP.
Nebraska-No wellness or mental health programs listed on State Bar site.
Nevada-Nevada Lawyer’s Assistance Program
New Hampshire- No wellness or mental health programs listed on State Bar site.
New Jersey-Bar site links New Jersey Lawyer’s Assistance program page from Legal Resources link.
New Mexico-New Mexico Judge and Lawyer Assistance Program. Lawyers and law students can call (505) 228-1948 for confidential assistance. There is a separate hotline listed for judges.
New York-LAP page includes links to self help, family information, and recovery stories. Hotline number is (800) 255-0569.
North Carolina-Pathways to Wellbeing
North Dakota-LAP link on State Bar site contains information on the program and signs to watch out for, as well as an explanation of how the LAP program works and links to referral forms at the bottom of the page.
Ohio- No wellness or mental health programs listed on State Bar site.
Oklahoma-Lawyers Helping Lawyers page linked from the State Bar site advises that lawyers can receive six hours of free short term problem focused or crisis counseling, as well as links to a variety of other topics such as stress, relationship counseling, and substance abuse. Stress hotline number is (800) 364-7886.
Oregon-Oregon Attorney Assistance Program (OAAP) can be reached at (503) 226-1057.
Pennsylvania- No wellness or mental health programs listed on State Bar site.
Rhode Island-Lawyers Living Well information available from the State Bar site. State Bar site also contains information about ABA Wellness Programs, articles for families, and information on Coastline EAP (Employee Assistance Program) and Welltrack, a program designed to address managing stress, anxiety, depression, and phobias.
South Carolina-Links to Lawyers Helping Lawyers and a Wellness Matters blog are available from the State Bar’s site.
South Dakota-South Dakota Lawyer’s Assistance Program. Additional resources are available from the State Bar’s site including links to topics such as suicide prevention.
Tennessee-Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP) contains links to information on topics such as stress, burnout, depression, suicide, and substance abuse as well as local events lawyers can attend for help.
Texas-Texas Lawyers Assistance Program. Help can be reached at 1-800-343-8527.
Utah-Lawyers Helping Lawyers hotline number is (801) 579-0404.
Vermont-Vermont has established a commission on the Well Being of the Legal Profession. The Committee page lists contact information of Board members. This Committee also includes some law students.
Virginia-Virginia Lawyers Helping Lawyers page contains information on support groups, a Facebook page, and a helpline of 1-877-545-4682 accessible from the State Bar’s site.
Washington-State Bar site links information on a Member Wellness Program (formerly LAP) and WSBA connects, free counseling with a licensed provider in your community. Site also contains a Member Wellness newsletter and a phone number to contact the Member Wellness Program- 206-727-8268 and a crisis hotline answered 24/7 which can be reached at 800-765-0770.
West Virginia-West Virginia Judicial and Lawyer Assistance Program page contains links to a tip of the month and other resources. Phone number for attorneys is (304) 553-7232.
Wisconsin-Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program (WISLAP) has over 150 trained volunteer lawyers and judges, as well as a licensed clinical manager to consult with you and offer support and guidance 24/7. Log in with your State Bar number for more information and a contact number.
Wyoming-Wyoming Lawyers Assistance Program (WYLAP) page contains helpful links as well as burnout and C.A.G.E. (addresses whether drinking has become a problem) questionnaires. Help can be reached at 307-996-6834.
Washington, D.C.-State Bar site links to LAP page which includes a video of common concerns and encourages utilizing its services to create a personalized work life balance plan. A support group meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:15 p.m. at a downtown D.C. location. This page contains links to resources addressing a variety of topics as well as volunteer opportunities with the program. The program manager can be reached at 202-347-3131.
Do not be afraid to ask for the help you need, do something for you, and take breaks. Thank you and Be Well!
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