Supporting a safe and healthy legal workplace

About Mental Health

In the 2006 Beaton Consulting / Beyond Blue survey of over 7,500 professionals:

  • Professionals had higher than average depression scores than the general population
  • Of professionals those working in law firms had the highest rates of depressive symptoms



In 2008 Professor Ian Hickie of the Sydney University’s Brain and Mind Institute:

  • “Depression affects almost 33% of solicitors and 20% of barristers”
  • “40% of law students experience severe stress/depression to the extent of requiring medical treatment”
  • “11% of lawyers contemplate suicide each month”


In 2009 The Institute published:

Courting the Blues: Attitudes towards depression in Australian law students and legal practitioners

% levels of distress