Let’s talk about going to therapy the same way we talk about going to the gym.
 
 

 

The CAALA Wellness Platform provides resources to help members identify problems affecting their work productivity and/or their quality of life. CAALA provides resources, information and education to make our members better trial lawyers as well as helping them achieve and maintain personal and professional well-being.

 

Mental Health

 

 

Alcohol & Substance Abuse

 

 

Financial Stressor

 

 

 

Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention Hotline: (877) 727-4747

 

 

Addictions

 

 

 

The goal of CAALA's Wellness Platform is to provide resources to help members identify problems affecting their work productivity and/or their quality of life. We hope that these resources will help members develop effective solutions for those problems. The following facts from recent studies compelled CAALA to create the Wellness Platform for its members.

A landmark study by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs reported “substantial and widespread levels of problem drinking and other behavioral health problems in the U.S. legal profession.” The study reported that “21 percent of licensed, employed attorneys qualify as problem drinkers, 28 percent struggle with some level of depression and 19 percent demonstrate symptoms of anxiety.” The study also reported that “younger attorneys in the first 10 years of practice exhibit the highest incidence of these problems.” The study determined that lawyers experience alcohol-use disorders and mental health issues at a far higher rate than other professions.

A study from the American Psychological Association found that “lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to suffer from depression than non-lawyers" and substance abuse rates within the legal profession are also much higher than for the general population. It also stated that “the legal industry has the 11th-highest incidence of suicide among professionals.”

Trial lawyers and legal professionals deal daily with high levels of job stress and anxiety that can lead to serious, even-life-threatening mental health issues.

Mental health problems take many forms including depression, anxiety, alcohol, and/or drug use. By coming to this page you have already taken the first step, which is to notice that something doesn’t seem right.

The second step is to find a mental health professional or support organization and information about these issues. Reaching out to find the right assistance can be tough. But once you do, you place yourself in a position to discover what is causing the issues so you can start to get better.

The sooner you take action, the better. Like many other medical conditions, mental illnesses are often easiest to treat when they are in the early stages.

If you, or someone you know, has a mental illness, there are ways to get help. Click on the above topics to identify resources to help you, a friend, or a family member.


CAALA WELLNESS COMMITTEE

CHAIR: KATHRYN TREPINSKI
VICE-CHAIRS: SCOTT TILLETT, RJ MOLLIGAN, STUART FRAENKEL, ALYSSA SCHABLOSKI, TAMARA FREEZE
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE LIASON: GENIE HARRISON
COMMITTEE MEMBERS: DECLAN MCGINTY, CHRISTA RAMEY, STEPHANIE GRIMALDI, BARUCH COHEN