How to fix law’s mental health crisis // Precedent Live

Precedent Live
At a live event this month, find out what we can do to make the profession better for lawyers who struggle with mental illness

By Precedent

On Tuesday March 6th, 2018


The mental-health crisis in law is at an all-time high. Close to 28 percent of lawyers struggle with depression, an illness that afflicts 8 percent of the general population. Anxiety, meanwhile, hits 19 percent of lawyers but only 12 percent of adults.

Clearly, something has gone terribly wrong. But what? And, more importantly, how do we fix it? We began to answer those questions in the Spring Issue of Precedent, but we want to keep the conversation going.

Join senior editor Daniel Fish on Monday, March 26, at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP as he sits down with a panel of lawyers who we profiled in our latest issue. This will be an exclusive opportunity to hear their personal stories of resilience and to discuss what we can actually do to make things better — for lawyers who struggle and for the profession as a whole.


  • John Hoyles, former CEO of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Malini Vijaykumar, associate at Stevenson Whelton MacDonald & Swan LLP
  • Frankie Wood, founding partner of Wood Gold LLP

Update March 27, 2018:
Thank all those who came out to our panel discussion. It was great to see so many members of the legal community take part in this meaningful discussion. Missed the event? Check out some of the highlights via #PrecedentLive on Twitter.

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