CAALA WELLNESS PLATFORM


CAALA provides resources, information and education to make our members better trial lawyers. CAALA also strives to address the member’s wellness and health; especially, mental health, to help them achieve and maintain personal and professional well-being.

For that reason, CAALA has created a Wellness Platform with the goal of providing resources to help members identify problems affecting their work productivity and/or their quality of life. It is hoped that these resources will help members develop effective solutions for those problems.
The following facts from recent studies explain why CAALA has created a Wellness Platform for 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 at a far higher rate than other professions, as well as mental health distress that is more significant.”

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 can find out what’s going on and 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 following topics to identify resources to help you, a friend or a family member.

MENTAL HEALTH

ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER

FINANCIAL STRESSORS

SUICIDE PREVENTION


CAALA WELLNESS PLATFORM COMMITTEE

CHAIRS: GRETCHEN NELSON, KATHRYN TREPINSKI
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE LIAISON: GENIE HARRISON
MEMBERS: ARASH HOMAMPOUR, LISA KANTOR, ALAN SCHIMMEL