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In a new book published by NSW Young Lawyers, the Law Society of NSW and ANU, lawyers open up about wellness and ways to diminish the stigma around mental illness.

What is “wellness” to you, and how should the legal profession promote wellness?

I think wellness is an investment in the entire being, in the whole person. It sounds simplistic, but it’s making sure people are in a place where they’re feeling safe and want to get out of bed and come to work every day. I also think, particularly in our profession, we have to take some interest in wellness outside the workplace because, in my view, lawyers are quite good at deflecting.

To promote wellness we have to care – we have to care about individuals, ask them how they are, ask how their friends and family are, ask them what they did on the weekend.

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