The KBA leadership wants to support the well-being of our KBA members and their family, friends, and colleagues. When you hear, read, or watch news about COVID-19, you are likely to feel anxious and show signs of stress. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program
The Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP) is open and ready to assist attorneys who may be facing extra stress and pressure because of the coronavirus outbreak and related closures. TLAP is a free, confidential assistance program providing consultation, referral, intervention, and crisis counseling for lawyers, judges, bar applicants and law students who are struggling with substance abuse, stress, or emotional health issues. Judges, attorneys, and others in the legal profession may also refer colleagues to the program. Read more.
TLAP can be reached by phone or email — Toll Free: (877) 424-8527 Local: (615) 741-3238; Emily Lacey, CRS, Program Manager firstname.lastname@example.org; Kim Williams, CRS, Head of Office Operation email@example.com; Lindsey O’Connell, LMSW, Mental Health Clinician firstname.lastname@example.org; and Vanessa Reinarz, LPC-MHSP, MMFT, ACTII, Mental Health Clinician email@example.com.
Resources for work/family resources
Check out resources to teach K-12 at home.
Here are some resources to help with the stress of maintaining a practice while caring for kids during this time. The KBA would like to thank Heather Sedges Wallace, PhD, CFLE, Assistant Professor, Human Development Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences at The University of Tennessee for providing these helpful resources.
Lawyer Wellness Online CLE
Becoming a More Effective Lawyer: Mindfulness 101
The Path to Lawyer Well-Being
Even Superheros Have Kryptonite: Practical Ways to Avoid Burnout
Preventing Alzheimer's Disease
Lawyer, Judge, Addict? Battling Stigma & Avoidance
Take Care of Yourself
Reassure Your Employees
Tips for Social Distancing
To get free confidential, 24/7 support for anxiety, text “HOME” to the Crisis Text Line, 741741
Science-based strategies for coping with Covid anxiety, The Conversation
Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
STAYING MENTALLY HEALTHY
Staying Mentally Healthy During COVID-19, The Campaign to Change Direction
Protecting Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
How do you keep down your stress levels at the office? Tips on managing stress levels from the ABA.
Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Also available in Spanish.
Author Brian Cuban’s blog “The Addicted Lawyer” offers guidance and options for recovery meetings.
Importance of seeking help for mental health and substance use disorders, Fear Not: Speaking Out to End Stigma (three minute video)
Free, confidential 24/7 support for people in distress, prevention, and crisis resources for oneself and others Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK