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National Study on the Wellness of Legal Professionals in Canada

The report on The National Study on the Psychological Health Determinants of Legal Professionals in Canada is now available. Undertaken by a research team at the Université de Sherbrooke led by Dr. Nathalie Cadieux, with funding from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and the Canadian Bar Association, the study fills a critical gap in knowledge about the mental health of legal professionals.

Findings show that legal professionals in all areas of practice and in all jurisdictions suffer from significantly high levels of psychological distress, depression, anxiety, burnout, and suicidal ideation, with those in the early years of practice experiencing some of the highest rates of distress.

FAQs about the national wellness project have also been published.

The second phase of this work will include recommendations for how to deal with the issues identified in the findings.

To view resources from our Wellness Program, please [click here].