The Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation has a strong commitment to quality research. The Foundation believes the ongoing evaluation of, and research into, mental health and education promotes good mental health and a balanced approach to managing the pressures of practice in the legal profession.


Courting the blues

The Tristan Jepson Memorial Fund and the Brain and Mind Research Institute through the distribution of its national study examined the actual incidence of depression in the legal profession in Australia and evaluated mental health literacy interventions targeted specifically towards the profession.

The institute’s survey of 2,413 lawyers included 738 students from 13 law schools nationally, 924 solicitors and 751 barristers. Professor Ian Hickey delivered the results of the survey at the annual Tristan Jepson Memorial Lecture on 18 September 2008, where it was found that that the level of distress was high in all three groups. Read the results of the survey here.


Annual Lectures


TJMF References

Articles from Online Journals

Martin Shain, ‘The Fairness Connection’, OHS Canada (June 2000)

Martin Shain, Ian Arnold, and Kathy GermAnn, ‘The Road to Psychological Safety: Legal, Scientific, and Social  Foundations for a Canadian National Standard on Psychological Safety in the Workplace’, Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society (April 2012)

Martin Shain, ‘Stress and satisfaction’, OHS Canada (1999) 15, 3

Martin Shain, ‘Psychological Safety at Work: Emergence of a Corporate and Social Agenda inCanada’, International Journal of Mental Health Promotion (2012)

Martin Shain, ‘Returning to Work After Illness or Injury: The Role of Fairness’, Bulletin of Science Technology & Society (2001)

Lawrence S. Krieger and Kennon M. Sheldon, ‘What Makes Lawyers Happy? Transcending the Anecdotes with Data from 6200 Lawyers’, The George Washington University Law Review, (2015 forthcoming issue)


Documents from Webpages

Ian Hickie, Norm Kelk, Georgina Luscombe and Sharon Medlow,

‘Courting the blues: Attitudes towards depression in Australian law students and lawyers’, Brain and Mind Research Institute, (2009), Council of Australian Law Deans

National Standard of Canada, ‘Psychological health and safety in the workplace – Prevention, promotion, and guidance to staged implementation’, Championed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and developed collaboratively by the Bureau de Normalisation du Québec (BNQ) and CSA Group (CSA) (2013)

Martin Shain and Carla Nassa, ‘Stress at Work, Mental Injury and the Law in Canada: A Discussion Paper for the Mental Health Commission of Canada’ – Final report (February 21st 2009)


Guarding Minds @ Work – Psychosocial Factors


Print Articles

Lucinda Brogden, ‘Running Head: Social Identity Theory to Improve Lawyers’ Wellbeing – Salus Populi Suprema Lex: The wellbeing of the people is to be the highest law. Looking to social identity theory’ (2012) Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Australia