Working as a solicitor in the NT offers many rewards but can also be very challenging. Solicitors and law students are three times more likely to suffer from stress and depression however, stress and depression are NOT a sign of weakness. They are genuine illnesses that result from being burdened with too many challenges, yet still remain the 'elephant in the room'. The Society aims to alleviate these challenges, particularly in the areas of mental health and wellbeing by opening up the conversation and providing a range of useful tools.
The following resources can help solicitors easily find the information they need to build resilliance to, or to overcome, personal difficulties.
Caring for the Legal Profession in the Northern Territory
The Society funds a professional, confidential and free counselling service for our members and their immediate family, provided through Employee Assistance Service Australia (EASA).
If you are experiencing workplace, personal or emotional issues which are affecting your work or personal life, please call LawCare via the Employee Assistance Program 24 hour support on 1800 193 123, or visit their website www.easa.org.au.
When booking an appointment, please tell the operator you are a Law Society NT member.
This service is completely confidential. The Society will only receive statistical information on the numbers accessing the service.
MINDS COUNT FOUNDATION
The Minds Count Foundation is an independent volunteer, charitable organisation. The Foundation’s objective is to decrease work related psychological ill-health in the legal community and to promote workplace psychological health and safety. The Law Society Northern Territory is a supporter of the Minds Count Foundation.
The Minds Count Workplace Wellbeing Guidelines are a free and comprehensive set of resources designed to protect and promote psychological health and safety in the legal workplace.
Resilliance@Law is a collaboration between five major national law firms; Allens Arthur Robinson, Blake Dawson, Clayton Utz, Freehills and Mallesons and The College of Law to take a leadership role in raising awareness and understanding of the nature and impact of stress, depression and anxiety across the legal profession.
FURTHER INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE
+ Beyond Blue - 1300 224 636
is the national depression initiative, providing comprehensive online information on the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety and how to help someone. You can also ring their information line on 1300 224 636 for the cost of a local call.
+ Lifeline Crisis Hotline - 13 11 14
connects people with care by providing services in suicide prevention, crisis support and mental health support.
24-hour support line: 13 11 14
Lifeline text (6.00 pm - midnight, 7 days) 0477 13 11 14
+ Mensline Australia - 1300 789 978
is a telephone and online counselling service for men with emotional health and relationship concerns. Find out more about the Mensline online chat and video counselling here
+ Griefline - 1300 845 745
is Australia’s only dedicated grief helpline service that provides counselling support services free of charge to individuals and families who are experiencing loss and grief.
+ Relationships Australia - 1300 364 277
is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities. They aim to support all people in Australia to achieve positive and respectful relationships.
Darwin: (08) 8923 4999
Katherine: 1800 650 276
Alice Springs: (08) 8950 4100
+ Alcoholics Anonymous - 1300 222 222
is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
+ Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute
is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder. Their website features a host of resources and links, up-to-date research and information on community programs and getting help.
+ Mental Health Association of Central Australia
Mental Health Association of Central Australia
(MHACA) is a leading Northern Territory community-based, non-profit mental health organisation. MHACA provides psychosocial support services, NDIS support coordination, individual and group-based supports, educational and training programs. Our drop in centre offers a comfortable environment to catch up informally with others.
Telephone (08) 8950 4600
is Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents. Our practical support, tools and tips help young people get through anything from everyday issues to tough times – and the information we offer parents makes it easier for them to help their teenagers, too.
is a personalised self-help tool for your mental health.
+ Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind is a unique tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life. The free mindfulness app has exercises for both adults and children and is available on Apple
Smiling mind also offers workshops for small and corporate businesses. Visit their website
for more information.
Headspace has released a meditation App
Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. Headspace is meditation made simple. Headspace will teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day.
Visit the Headspace website
for more information.
+ SANE Australia
is a national mental health charity making a real difference in the lives of people affected by complex mental health issues through support, research and advocacy.