Mental wellbeing in the legal profession


The International Bar Association (IBA) has embarked on a global project aimed at addressing the mental wellbeing of legal professionals around the world. To lead this work, former IBA President Horacio Bernardes Neto has convened the IBA Wellbeing Taskforce, led by IBA Bar Issues Commission Officers, with assistance from the IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit.

The key initial phase of the project consisted of two global surveys: one for individual lawyers, the other for law firms and other legal institutions, including bar associations, law societies and in-house legal departments.

The main findings of those surveys can be found below, along with the contact details of members of the Wellbeing Taskforce.

Latest: IBA releases interim survey results on wellbeing in the legal profession

Horacio Bernardes Neto

When I became president of the IBA in 2019, I made addressing mental wellbeing within the legal profession one of my main priorities. I had become increasingly concerned with all too frequent reports of substance abuse, severe depression, and suicide within the profession. Little did I or any of us know of the events that were to come. The devastating effects of depression, stress, addiction, and other such attacks on our wellbeing may have preceded the Coronavirus pandemic, but there is no question that it has exacerbated their impact. Read more

Horacio Bernardes Neto
President, International Bar Association (2019-2020)

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IBA Wellbeing Surveys: Main Findings

Individuals
Institutions

Task force

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Steven Richman

USA

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Deborah Enix-Ross

USA

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LPRU

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Sara Carnegie

Director, UK

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George Artley

BIC Project Lawyer, UK

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Americas

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Bree Buchanan

USA

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Tracy Kepler

USA

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John T. Berry

USA

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Jonathan Beitner

USA

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Kellie Krake

Canada

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Poojah Chugh

Canada

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Derek LaCroix

Canada

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Alberto Navarro

Argentina

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Adriana Castro

Costa Rica

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Europe

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Chris Owen

UK

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Elizabeth Rimmer

UK

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Dr Emma Jones

UK

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Antoinette Moriarty

Ireland

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Susan Lamb

UK

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Richard Martin

UK

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Manel Atserias Luque

Spain

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Tomas Garcia

Spain

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Africa

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Banke Olagbegi

Nigeria

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Isibor Aigbe

Nigeria

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Amani Khalifa

Egypt/Dubai

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Asia Pacific

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Desi Vlahos

Australia

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Mary Digiglio

Australia

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Satyajit Gupta

India

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Hanim Hamzah

Singapore

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Kuah Boon Theng

Singapore

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