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 illnesses 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.
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 receive statistical information on the numbers accessing the service.
MINDS COUNT FOUNDATION
The Minds Count Foundation is an independent volunteer, charitable organisation. The Foundation’s objective is to decrease work related psychological ill-health in the legal community and to promote workplace psychological health and safety. The Law Society Northern Territory is a supporter of the Minds Count Foundation.
The Minds Count Workplace Wellbeing Guidelines are a free and comprehensive set of resources designed to protect and promote psychological health and safety in the legal workplace.
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.
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