Coping with Coronavirus-Related Stress

On this Wednesday of all Wellness Wednesdays, I hope you’re taking care of yourselves and others.

I’m posting to pass along a few resources.

The first is from the ABA Journal: Lawyers Are Supposed to Plan For The Worst, So How Can You Ease COVID-19 Anxiety?  It’s got some great tips.

Next, Josh Simonds runs Vermont’s Lawyer Assistance Program.  Josh tipped me off to the list of  COVID-19 Mental Health Resources recently published by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs.  It’s broken down by topic area, including resources for those looking for help with:

  • Anxiety
  • Office Management/Leadership
  • Panic
  • Social Distancing
  • Staying Mentally Healthy
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse Resources

Thank you Josh!

In addition, don’t forget about the Lawyer Depression Project.  As I blogged last week, it’s a terrific resource for any lawyer who wants to provide or receive support from others in the legal profession.  Per the website, the folks at LDP

  • “are a group of legal professionals (attorneys, paralegals, law students, and admin) who have suffered from depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD, eating disorders, trauma, sexual abuse, addiction and other mental health conditions, or who just don’t feel quite right.”

It’s okay not to feel quite right.  It’s okay to ask for support and assistance.

Finally, I just got off the phone with Beth Novotny.  Beth is a friend, lawyer, and current president of the Vermont Bar Association.  She had a great idea: we should do something for lawyers and other legal professionals who are isolated and simply want to check in with another human being.  I agree and we’re trying to figure out how to set something up.  In the meantime, if you want to call or email, I’m here.

Be well.

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3 thoughts on “Coping with Coronavirus-Related Stress

  1. Hi Mike,
    I think it’s a great idea to have some kind of Zoom (or other platform) remote meeting/support group. I would be interested. A group of about a dozen of public defender attorneys had a Zoom meeting organized by the ODG yesterday, and although it was for work-related issues, it was so nice to see faces and hear voices. Isolation has real potential to be a problem for us lawyers.

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