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By Amy Dale | 3 min read
We are regularly encouraged to reduce our screen time and wait for the wellbeing benefits to flow. But as digital platforms make it easier for people to stay connected and informed during COVID lockdowns and border closures, how can we find a healthy balance between Zoom chats and late-night doom scrolling?
By Angela Heise | 3 min read
No-one can escape loss. It’s an unavoidable part of life that goes way beyond death. There are many different kinds of loss: job, marriage, home, status, health – in short, any change in familiar relationships or circumstances. Grief will come to us all at some point, so how do we cope when it strikes?
COVID-19 numbers continue to fall across Australia, but life is still far from situation normal. In a year of fear and uncertainty, has the pandemic encouraged us to speak up and ask for help when we don’t feel okay? To mark Mental Health Month, LSJ checked in on the health of the profession; analysing the statistics and asking lawyers and experts for their top tips on making wellbeing a priority.
By Angela Tufvesson | 4 min read
Artificial intelligence is set to change the way we detect, inform and treat mental health problems. Instead of making an appointment with a psychologist or phoning a friend, you download an app and start talking about how you’re feeling – with a chatbot. Woebot is a virtual emotional support app that helps people identify and cope with common mental health challenges, including stress, anxiety and depression.
By Amy Dale | 4 min read
Emeritus Professor Geoff Gallop AC was a year into his second term as Premier of Western Australia when he resigned to focus on treatment for depression. More than a decade on, Gallop joined LSJ for lunch ahead of the Charles Richard Xuereb Oration that he will deliver for the Law Society of NSW on October 12. Read more about his journey to recovery, his thoughts on wellbeing in law and what he still misses about politics.
By Talitha Cummins | 4 min read
Many lawyers will relate to Talitha Cummins’ story. The former Channel Seven newsreader graced Australian screens for 16 years, but behind the shiny façade she was hiding a dark secret: she was downing up to three bottles of wine alone each night. Cummins exposed her addiction in a telling interview with the ABC’s Australian Story in 2016 and spoke at an event at the Law Society of NSW in August 2018.
By Kate Allman | 9 min read
2018 has seen an historic outpouring of men and women sharing their stories of sexual harassment at work. Until now, lawyers have remained relatively silent about their own #MeToo stories. But the whisperings are growing louder. In this exclusive investigation by LSJ, victims expose a hidden scourge driving talent away from the profession.
Off the Record
Off the Record is a podcast series aimed to shine a light on dark issues affecting lawyers, featuring topics including mental health, eating disorders, substance abuse and bullying – exploring vulnerabilities that exist among humans.