The report of phase one of The National Study on the Health and Wellness Determinants of Legal Professionals in Canada was undertaken by a research team at the Université de Sherbrooke led by Dr. Nathalie Cadieux, with funding from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and the Canadian Bar Association.
Recommendations from the study have now been published, calling on all stakeholders in the legal community – legal employers, law societies, bar associations, legal educators, the judiciary and legal professionals themselves – to identify where they can take action to bring about meaningful change.
The study reported that significantly higher levels of psychological distress, depression, anxiety, burnout and suicidal ideation are experienced by legal professionals compared to the Canadian working population overall, and even greater proportions are reported by younger professionals and members of equity-seeking groups.
The recommendations offer concrete proposals that touch on training and mentoring, work culture, raising awareness and breaking down taboos, wellness support resources, adopting alternative business models, promoting diversity and committing to work-life balance.
View the news release.