For many in the legal profession, the term “lawyer mental health” may seem contradictory. The demanding hours and stressful work environments at many law firms often have detrimental effects on legal professionals, who struggle to balance severe stress and self-care.Mental health issues among lawyers are notoriously prevalent, as aresubstance abuse and addiction.
As a new lawyer about to take my first vacation, I remember assuring the managing partner that I would be available by phone and checking my email. Although he did not discourage my accessibility, he recalled what taking a vacation was like before being tethered to a Blackberry (these were pre-IPhone days). He said something to the effect of, “There was no laptop to take with you or email to check on your phone. We would just return to the office to a little pile of pink messages on our desk.”
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