Qualifications: include B.A. Dip Ed (UNE), Dip Spec Ed, M.Ed. (UNE), Grad Dip M.H.T.P. (Monash), Grad Dip Counselling (ACAP), M. Autism Studies pending, Griffith University, Lifeline Counsellor, ASSIST, and MHFA Instructor.
The Foundation was founded by Marie and her husband, George Jepson, in August 2008 and is an independent volunteer, charitable organisation, with the goal of decreasing work related psychological ill-health in the legal community and to promote workplace psychological health and safety. It strives to create greater awareness of depression and anxiety amongst the legal fraternity.
Since its inception, TJMF has established itself as a reference point and facilitator of information in the area of depression and anxiety in the legal profession. It aims to raise awareness, improve education and build effective models of support which focus on mental health wellbeing within the legal education system and the legal profession.
The organisation has gone from strength to strength in receiving the support of the entire legal community – law students, barristers, solicitors, academics, legal support staff. Other sectors, such as members of the medical and insurance fraternity and the research community have also offered support and information to the Foundation.
Marie works tirelessly on all of TJMF’s initiatives, which include promoting the Workplace Wellbeing : Best Practice Guidelines for the Legal Profession (released in 2014) the annual TJMF keynote lecture, facilitating collaborative forums for TJMF’s signatories to the Guidelines in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Prior to her work on the Foundation, Marie was devoted to the teaching profession, with more than 25 years of experience. As a senior executive she was committed to staff, student and parent wellbeing. She developed and implemented innovative programs, focused on empowering students through skill development.