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Members’ Mental Health

It all starts here: Mind, Body and Spirit. We know that the days can be long and draining but it is imperative to take care of ourselves to be the best we can be to our family, clients and community. We do not have to spend a lot of money or go to great lengths to do this. Here are some tips that can be added to our daily regimes.

  • Start by building a positive world around you. Create or be a part of a positive work environment. Acknowledge the people you work with in a kind way. You really do get what you give.
  • Get up and stretch your arms and legs. Start a 15 minute twice daily stretch with your colleagues.
  • Do not forget to listen. Listen to your breathing. Do some breathing exercises while you are sitting at your desk.
  • Stay calm – Close your eyes for a few minutes. Create a mantra in your mind of all the goodness around you. Talk to yourself in your mind and remind yourself that you are doing the best you can.
  • Put a comic up on a visible bulletin board for your colleagues to see. Do this as often as you can. Laughter is powerful. Sharing it is even more powerful
  • Get going. Take a walk. It does not have to be a one-mile walk. A brisk walk around your office building or between floors is ok too. Make sure you smile as you walk. You never know who needs a smile.


Tips for a Healthy Work Environment
  1. Build trust amongst your colleagues and clients
  2. Respect each other
  3. Recognize good work
  4. Reward each other with acts of kindness
  5. Get involved in social events
  6. Create a work-life balance mantra
  7. Ensure physical, emotional, and psychological safety within
  8. Create a mental health day once a month to do something as a team

Links to Support Networks
  1. Canadian Mental Health Association, National
  2. Member Assistance Program - Law Society of Ontario 
  3. Lawyers Toolkit – Via ABA
  4. OBA – Mental Health Briefs
  5. A Quick-Reference Checklist for Preparing Your Return to the Office
  6. Substance Abuse Among Lawyers: Signs & Treatment