For many Christmas is a time of loneliness, isolation, violence and family and relationship problems, or even thoughts of suicide.

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The World Today – LGBT community suffering higher rates of poor mental health and drug use

A new report from Latrobe University has found members of the lesbian gay bisexual and transgender communities have higher rates of poor mental health and drug use than the wider community.

Resource: Conceptualising Legal Culture and Lawyering Stress

Conceptualising Legal Culture and Lawyering Stress Janet Chan’s paper ‘Conceptualising Legal Culture and Lawyering Stress‘ published by the International Journal of the Legal Profession is now available online and downloadable for a limited time.
Event: 2015 National Wellness For Law Forum, 5–6 February 2015

Event: 2015 National Wellness For Law Forum, 5–6 February 2015

Wellness in legal education and practice: towards integration and new connections
Resource: Pleading Sanity

Resource: Pleading Sanity

Pleading Sanity is a support group for lawyers living with mental health challenges in Victoria. A casual, informal group that is independent of any law firms or professional associations. The group is not chaired by a clinician and it does not provide clinical or counselling services. It is an opportunity to meet with fellow travellers...
Event: NSW Bar Choir Christmas Concert

Event: NSW Bar Choir Christmas Concert

Raise your spirits Enjoy an hour of beautiful music performed by the NSW Bar Choir in support of the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation + Communal carols. Date: Thursday, 20 November 2014 Time: 6.30 pm –7:30 pm Location: St James Church, 173 King Street, Sydney There is no need to book, simply attend with Christmas cheer...
UNSW Law Revue Comedy evening supporting TJMF

UNSW Law Revue Comedy evening supporting TJMF

This event was  organised in memory of Tristan to mark the 10th anniversary of his death  and to recognise his contribution to the UNSW Law Revue.  It was  an evening of comedy, with students from the 2014 UNSW Law Revue  performing skits which Tristan had written and performed  so long ago. The evening was special bringing...

A Lawyer Breaks the Silence About Depression Among Lawyers

When I turned 40 over 12 years ago, I was a busy lawyer working at a blistering pace at a law firm. Stress, anxiety, and caffeine were my daily fuel. While my life before this time had been punctuated by long periods of pensive sadness, nothing could have prepared me for the dark storm that...

Guiding lawyers towards a stress-free lifestyle

Practice Management analysis: What can be done to reduce stress levels in the legal profession? Geoff Bowyer, partner at Beck Legal and Jeremy Hyman, board director of Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation (TJMF), comment on the recent guidelines set out by the TJMF and on how the legal profession could better address psychological health issues within...
It's time! TJMF releases Guidelines for the legal profession

It’s time! TJMF releases Guidelines for the legal profession

The aim of the Guidelines is to assist legal organisations to create workplaces that fulfil each of the Psychosocial Factors, identified by extensive research as critical to psychological health.
Event: Seriously Funny – A Comedy Night In Support of TJMF

Event: Seriously Funny – A Comedy Night In Support of TJMF

This year marks the 10th anniversary since the passing of Tristan Jepson, a UNSW Law alumnus, young lawyer and comedian who tragically took his own life at the ripe age of 26, following a long history with depression.

New guidelines developed to help prevent mental illness among lawyers

From: https://www.abc.net.au By: Margaret Paul A foundation named after a lawyer who took his own life has developed national guidelines aimed at improving the mental health of lawyers. Attending the Melbourne International Comedy Festival makes Marie Jepson think of her son. “Tristan was passionate about law revue. He came alive whenever he performed at UNSW...
Work and Suicide Prevention

Work and Suicide Prevention

Suicide Preventions Australia has put together a powerful Work and Suicide Prevention Position Statement Suicide is mostly preventable yet significant gaps exist in our understanding of the relationship between work and suicide, limiting prevention efforts. SPA has reviewed the existing evidence and summarised key issues in this document. We believe urgent action is required to...