We know that you are most likely being bombarded with messages about the Coronavirus, whether that be on television, social media, or in your community networks. At uncertain times like this, anxiety, stress, fear and negative thoughts can easily take control. You may be worried about being in crowds, your loved ones, your seniors, your office, your clients, your finances or how to manage a quarantine.
Recent studies have shown that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. The statistics are compelling and clearly indicate that 1 out of 3 attorneys will likely have a need for substance use or mental health services at some point in their careers. Accordingly, unexpected events like those we are facing as a society will have an even greater impact on lawyers.
In light of this unprecedented crisis and its far reaching impact, Mr. Quinn will discuss:
- The early warning signs of impairment, with special emphasis on anxiety, stress and depression. More importantly, he will describe some of the ways to reduce or alleviate these conditions, which have become so common-place among members of the legal profession.
- The free services that Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers provides to lawyers, judges, their family members and law students, all of which are still fully available during the Coronavirus epidemic.
- A close look at what barriers exist that prevent lawyers and judges from seeking the help they need will be provided.
- The role that education plays in breaking the stigma and fear associated with addiction and mental illness in the legal profession.
- Special emphasis will be placed on what callers to the LCL Confidential Helpline can expect, regardless of whether it is a self- referral or a request for intervention assistance.
- How best to approach the impaired individual.
Recorded live on April 16, 2020.