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How to refresh your health and wellbeing

How to refresh your health and wellbeing

By LIV

Health Wellbeing 

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Juggling work, life and other commitments can get busy and stressful. As we reach the mid-point of the year, it is important to take stock of your health and wellbeing.

According to the Brain & Mind Research Institute’s study “Courting the Blues”, lawyers, law students and those involved in the legal profession struggle with positive mental health. More than half of all lawyers and barristers have reported experiencing depression.

However, recurrences of depression are less likely if the first instance is treated properly. Learning to recognise depression and anxiety is half the battle as the symptoms often vary from person to person, and some may be more sensitive than others.

Beyond Blue lays out a comprehensive, easy to follow list of the symptoms and feelings that can accompany depression anxiety and general mental health. These include things that most people wouldn’t immediately associate with depression, such as loss or change of appetite, significant weight loss or gain, and headaches.

If you’re experiencing any of these or other symptoms, do not self-diagnose or shrug it off. You can start to work towards a solution with one free, confidential phone call.

In order to help legal professionals who are experiencing stress, depression or anxiety, the LIV has partnered with Converge International , delivering an independent and confidential wellbeing support service exclusively for LIV members.

The service is designed to assist you in meeting the challenges and demands of your work and personal life by providing a professional counselling service that offers confidential, short-term support for a variety of work-related and personal problems that may be affecting you at work or at home. The service gives you access to qualified professionals, including psychologists, social workers and management coaches, and is:

• Confidential

• Available to all LIV members

• Available for up to 3 sessions per issue

When you contact the Employee Assistance Program, you can arrange to speak with an EAP counsellor over the phone or make an appointment to see a consultant for a face-to-face session. You can access counselling assistance for up to 3 sessions per issue.

For further information or to book an appointment phone 1300 OUR EAP (1300 687 327).


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