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Mental Health & Wellness of Florida Lawyers

The Mental Health & Wellness of Florida Lawyers Committee was established to implement the 2018-19 Florida Bar Strategic Planning Priority that focuses on the mental health and wellness of Florida lawyers and to continue the work started by the Special Committee on Mental Health and Wellness of Florida Lawyers, which includes an educational component to:

  1. destigmatize mental illness in the legal community (lawyers and judges);
  2. educate employers, judges and lawyers how to identify and address mental health illness of Florida lawyers and create “best practices” on how to address mental health issues;
  3. educate lawyers about the benefits of balancing personal life and career obligations;
  4. provide health and wellness programs to provide Florida lawyers with healthy strategies to deal with the pressures of their practices to enhance the mental health and wellness of Florida lawyers;
  5. educate voluntary bar associations on mental health and wellness programs so they may better assist their members at the local level;
  6. expand the accreditation definition so as to broaden the scope of what constitutes and health and wellness CLE program;
  7. develop new and innovative CLE’s on mental health and wellness issues;
  8. interface with Florida Lawyer’s Assistance, Inc. to broaden their reach to all members not limited to those members facing bar grievance issues; and
  9. create a special, inter-disciplinary committee to study and improve the Florida Bar’s rules and programming related to mental health and wellness of Florida lawyers and to ensure that Florida Bar members (including judges) are aware of mental health issues and are able to access those services needed.

 

The Committee shall submit a report and recommendations to The Florida Bar Board of Governors on an annual basis. Visit the Mental Health and Wellness Center for activities and resources.

Staff contact: Christine Bilbrey   Phone: 850-561-5679