Compos Mentis

“Our podcast is a passion project born from the challenges Natalie and I have experienced in legal practice and life. We hope that by having authentic conversations about mental health, we can help our peers to have such conversations and seek support” JennCompos Mentis – a podcast by lawyers for lawyers – personal experiences in legal practice and life

“Our podcast is a passion project born from the challenges Natalie and I have experienced in legal practice and life. We hope that by having authentic conversations about mental health, we can help our peers to have such conversations and seek support” Jenn

Born out of the lived experiences of co-hosts and Melbourne lawyers Nat and Jenn, Compos Mentis is a podcast about how to stay happy, healthy and productive while working in law.

In discussing the unspoken realities of legal practice and key themes like stress, authenticity, perfectionism, and self-care, Nat and Jenn identify concrete tools for managing mental health and wellbeing in law.

Each bite-sized episode is an informal chat of up to 30 minutes. Together they provide an easy-listening toolbox for enhancing lawyers’ wellness.

Through launching Compos Mentis, Nat and Jenn hope to spark more authentic conversations about mental health in the legal profession, and to offer tools to equip lawyers to manage their wellbeing and resilience before crisis point is reached. The podcast is a non-commercial passion project, driven by a desire to address the dire mental health statistics facing the legal community.

Compos Mentis can be streamed or downloaded at whatever and place time is convenient for listeners – on a morning commute, during a run, at your desk or before bed.

It also makes meaningful discussions about mental health accessible to all lawyers regardless of practice area, seniority or location. Metropolitan, suburban and regional lawyers can all listen to and engage with Compos Mentis in the same way – as a field guide to wellbeing in law, available in your pocket whenever it’s needed.

While there are many unique and unrelenting pressures in the important work of law, the key message of Compos Mentis is that personal wellbeing does not have to be, and should not be, the price of professional success. 
Compos MentosCompos Mentis is free to listen on iTunes or online:
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Get Help :

SANE

The SANE Help Centre provides the information, guidance, and referrals you need to manage mental health concerns.

SANE FORUMS

Our new online forums provide social connection and support in a safe, anonymous and caring online community. Moderated 24/7 by mental health professionals through our partnership with SANE Australia, each month there are special “live chat” events on topics of interest to our members. Join the community at https://tjmf.saneforums.org/.

Why do we need safe online forums? Can’t we just have a chat over a coffee?

Pleading Sanity

For Meetings  contact pleadingsanityvictoria@gmail.com

With a Little Help from my Friends pdf

https://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/folklaw/17212-lawyers-pleading-sanity-join-peer-support-group

 

RESOURCES

Client Management and Self-Care: A guide for pro bono lawyers

The Client Management and Self-Care – a guide for pro bono lawyers was created specifically with pro bono lawyers in mind, and was jointly written by Hai-Van Nguyen (Clayton Utz), Leanne Ho (whilst at Henry Davis York), Jillian Mitford-Burgess (Henry Davis York), Angela Harvey (whilst at McCabes Lawyers) and Hannah Rose (Sparke Helmore Lawyers).

In addition to self-care for legal professionals, it also contains advice on engaging with vulnerable clients.

The Guide is free to download and use :

http://www.probonocentre.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Client-management-guide.pdf

Monash Law School: AN INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS

Dr Craig Hassad, Senior Lecturer, Department of General Practice, Monash University and Dr Richard Chambers talk about why mindfulness is important for law students and the legal profession.

Part 1 : Mental Health and the Legal Profession

Part 2: What is Mindfulness?

Part 3: The stress response and health

Part 4: Attention and multitasking

Part 5: Applications of mindfulness

Part 6: Mindfulness and executive functioning

Part 7: Applying mindfulness for study and life