Mental Wellness

Strong psychological health is vital to coping in the high-stress world of law.


Starting the Conversation about Mental Health in the Profession

CBA Wellness
This program offers support, advice and training to Lawyer Assistance Programs serving Canada's legal professionals. We conduct research into the personal and professional challenges affecting lawyers. We develop programs to address them and to help lawyers lead healthy, happy lives. 

Mental Health

The Hon. George Strathy, Retired Chief Justice of Ontario shares his reflections on mental health at the 2024 AGM address.
Available to CBABC members only

Lawyers with Depression is a blog written by Dan Lukasik and guest authors to help law students, lawyers, and judges cope with and heal from depression.

Workplace Stress

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health - Great West Life


Resilience and Lawyer Negativity
Dr. Larry Richard discusses how lawyers “consistently score low on a trait called Resilience.”

The Resilient Lawyer
An article by Women Lawyers Forum volunteer, Allison Wolf, about being a resilient lawyer.

The Road to Resilience
How do people deal with difficult events that change their lives? The death of a loved one, loss of a job, serious illness, terrorist attacks and other traumatic events: these are all examples of very challenging life experiences. Many people react to such circumstances with a flood of strong emotions and a sense of uncertainty.

The American Psychological Association has a guide to help you on The Road to Resilience.


The Adaptable Lawyer
The Adaptable Lawyer: Staying Practical in Today’s Complex Legal Environment is a report on staying adaptable as a lawyer.

Stress Management

Coping with Stress and Avoiding Burnout: Techniques for Lawyers
An article from CBA’s Practice Link with some tips on how to deal with Stress and Burnout.

The Healthy Lawyer: Stress Management
Some information and ideas about how to manage your stress in the legal world.

Preventing Burnout

A Lawyer’s Guide To Dealing With Burnout
A Lawyer’s Guide To Dealing With Burnout: Does Burnout Mean I Should Leave My Job Or The Law Altogether from Lawyers with Depression on dealing with lawyer burnout.

Burnout: A Necessary Part of Lawyers’ Lives?
A frank discussion about lawyer burnout and some ideas on how to manage it.

Pressure Proof: 7 Strategies to Prevent Burnout
Psychology Today offers strategies to help lawyers prevent burnout.

Dealing with Perfectionism

How to Overcome Perfectionism
A report from Anxiety BC on how to overcome perfectionism.

Perfectionist or High Performer? Which Are You?
An article from Slaw about perfectionism in law.