Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Legal Profession
Mental health and wellbeing in the legal profession is an issue of critical importance. While solicitors and barristers carry out vitally important work on a daily basis, sometimes the pressures and stresses associated with that work can have a negative effect on a person’s mental health and wellbeing.
The Law Council of Australia's mental health and wellbeing portal is an initiative designed to provide a centralised source of information about mental health for the legal profession. It highlights the range of resources and assistance services currently available through the Law Council's Constituent Bodies, as well as through national initiatives.
If you are in distress, you can seek help immediately by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14.
If you require urgent medical attention, or are in immediate danger, please call 000.
Constituent Body Support Mechanisms
A range of mental health and wellbeing resources and assistance services are currently available through the Law Council's Constituent Bodies. Please follow the table below for further information.
Get in touch
Does your law society or bar association provide a helpful resource relating to mental health and wellbeing in the legal profession? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Support Mechanisms
Counselling and other support services provided by the Law Council’s Constituent Bodies can be accessed confidentially. However, if you do not feel comfortable, are not a legal practitioner or member of a law society or bar association, or otherwise wish to access support outside the legal profession, a general service might be helpful to you.
The below table has information on national support services.