Wellness Conference 2019
The KBA’s Wellness Conference was initiated by the publishing of the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation study that found lawyers, particularly younger lawyers in the first ten years of their practice, are grappling with serious barriers to well-being. According to the report between 21 and 36 percent of lawyers in the study qualify as problem drinkers and 28 percent are struggling with some level of depression. Suicide, social alienation, work addiction, sleep deprivation, job dissatisfaction, a diversity crisis, work-life conflict, incivility, a narrowing of values so that profit predominates, and negative public perception were all cited as major difficulties lawyers are facing.
Study by the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
KBA Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
How to Save a Life: Lifeguard Training for the Legal Profession
The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change is a report by the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being.
ABA Well-Being Toolkit: For Lawyers and Legal Employers
Graph: A Continuous process in which lawyers strive for thriving in each dimension of their lives
Science-Backed Strategies to Boost Resilience for Lawyers
Pledge Commitment Form
Self Assessment Tool
Help When You Need It Most
The Knoxville Bar Association's Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Program is a confidential program to assist lawyers, law firms and families of lawyers suffering from alcoholism, addiction or other mental or emotional problems that impair the lawyers' ability to practice law. All communication with the LCFL committee is confidential.
Get assistance in identifying, treating and recovering from these illnesses. It's a free, confidential membership service of the Knoxville Bar Association.
For more information, please contact Committee Chairs Jim Cornelius at 292-2515 or John Butler at 244-3925.
TENNESSEE LAWYERS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (TLAP)
Ted Rice, Executive Director
QPR stands for
Question, Persuade, and Refer
-- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.
Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. QPR is not intended to be a form of counseling or treatment. QPR is intended to offer hope through positive action.
When you apply QPR, you plant the seeds of hope. Hope helps prevent a suicide.You have to take care of yourself to be a lifeguard!
Learn more from Amy Dolinsky, the East Tennessee Regional Coordinator of the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (tspn.org).