Mental health and wellbeing
Working as a solicitor in the NT offers many rewards but can also be very challenging. Solicitors and law students are three times more likely to suffer from stress and depression however, stress and depression are NOT a sign of weakness. They are, genuine illness' that result from being burdened with too many challenges, yet still remain the 'elephant in the room'. The Society aims to alleviate these challenges, particularly in the areas of mental health and wellbeing by opening up the conversation and providing a range of useful tools.
The following resources can help solicitors easily find the information they need to build resilliance to, or to overcome personal difficulties.
Support for solicitors
LawCare | Caring for the Legal Profession in the Northern Territory
The Society funds a professional, confidential and free counselling service for our members and their immediate family, provided through Employee Assistance Service Australia (EASA).
If you are experiencing workplace, personal or emotional issues which are affecting your work or personal life, please call LawCare via the Employee Assistance Program 24 hour support on 1800 193 123, or visit their website www.easa.org.au.
When booking an appointment, please tell the operator you are a Law Society NT member.
This service is completely confidential. The Society will only receives statistical information on the numbers accessing the service.
Minds Count Foundation (Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation)
The Minds Count Foundation is an independent organisation that aims to decrease distress, disability and the causes of depression and anxiety in the legal profession.
Mental Health Week
As part of the Society's Health and Wellbeing Strategy, a breakfast celebration as well as CPD events are held during Mental Health Week each year.
More information about events held by the Society during Mental Health Week can be found here.
Resilliance@Law is a collaboration between five major national law firms; Allens Arthur Robinson, Blake Dawson, Clayton Utz, Freehills and Mallesons and The College of Law to take a leadership role in raising awareness and understanding of the nature and impact of stress, depression and anxiety across the legal profession.
Mental health organisations
- beyondblue is the national depression initiative, providing comprehensive online information on the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety and how to help someone. You can also ring their information line on 1300 22 4636 for the cost of a local call.
- Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder. Their website features a host of resources and links, up-to-date research and information on community programs and getting help.
- GriefLine Community and Family Services Inc. listens, cares and supports people experiencing loss and grief, at any stage in life - 1300 845 745.
- Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, helping young people aged 12 to 25.
- Lifeline connects people with care by providing services in Suicide Prevention, Crisis Support and Mental Health Support. 24-hour helpline: 131 114
- MensLine is a unique telephone and online support, information and referral service, helping men to deal with relationship problems in a practical and effective way.
- Mental Health Association of Central Australia (MHACA) is a leading Northern Territory community-based, non-profit organisation. MHACA provides psychosocial support services, NDIS support coordination, individual and group-based supports, educational and training programs. Their drop in centre offers a comfortable environment to catch up informally with others.
- Reach Out is a web-based service that inspires young people to help themselves through tough times, and find ways to boost their own mental health and wellbeing.
- Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities. They aim to support all people in Australia to achieve positive and respectful relationships.
- SANE promotes understanding of mental illness through an award-winning range of education products and services for those affected, their family and friends, health professionals and the general community.
- InpatientDrugRehab.Org gives insight into dealing with depression before, during and after addiction rehabilitation.