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Supporting Mental Health & Wellbeing

The Law Institute of Victoria acknowledges the important role self-care and healthy living plays in enabling members of the Victorian legal profession to maintain wellbeing in their work and personal lives. The LIV is  committed to supporting the wellbeing of those who work in the profession, as well as supporting firms with their workplace health aspirations.

Exercise and good physical health has been shown to support positive mental health and wellbeing. After months of lockdown, it’s time to get moving again! This is why the LIV is committed to facilitating a COVIDSafe Fun Run & Walk for the legal profession, as well as the broader community.

Register Your Office

Register your office and include participation in the annual LIV Fun Run & Walk as part of your workplace health strategy. With the option to participate in either the 4km and 8km run or a more leisurely 4km walk, this event is suited to all ages and fitness levels.

Proudly Supporting Black Dog Institute

Black Dog Institute is the only medical research institute in Australia that investigates mental health across the lifespan. It is a not-for-profit facility for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, and aims is to create a mentally healthier world for everyone.

According to the Black Dog Institute, 1 in 5 of us will experience symptoms of mental illness in any given year. In Australia that’s around 5 million people. And roughly 60% of these people won’t seek help.

A portion of registration fees from the 2022 Legal Fun Run & Walk will go towards the Black Dog Institute. Register to run or walk and support your own mental health and wellbeing, as well as the important work that the Black Dog Institute does. Learn more about the Black Dog Institute here.

Training Tips

Check this page, as well as our social channels for wellbeing and training tips, run playlists and more.

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Health & Wellbeing Tips

The LIV’s wellbeing manager, Megan Fulford, provides practical wellbeing tips every fortnight in LawNews, a daily email sent to all practising and affiliate LIV members. (Check your email preferences if you’re an eligible member and are not receiving this email).

Past tips include:

  • Take annual leave. Many people are delaying taking annual leave until a time when they can travel. However, the strain of continuous work without leave, working longer hours, managing many different priorities, and the blurring of home and workplace boundaries has an impact on health and wellbeing. Taking leave is an important part of allowing yourself to rest and maintain balance in your life. It’s a good time to review your own leave balance and encourage your staff and colleagues to consider taking some leave to rest and recharge.
     
  • Take breaks from your screen. From a neuropsychological perspective, we know that continuous screen time is not conducive to optimal functioning. Take regular brief breaks to stretch, step outside and boost your productivity.
  • Stop to have a chat. More than ever, social connections are important to maintaining good mental health. Make sure you schedule some time in your day to genuinely connect with others, whether it’s over a social online meeting, taking a walk with someone, meeting up in a park, walking the dog with family or friends or some other meaningful activity.
  • Develop a baseline of health. As much as possible, make sure you develop and maintain a good baseline of health. This includes a healthy diet, regular exercise and ensuring you get enough sleep.

Health & Wellbeing LIJ Articles

Read the latest Law Institute Journal articles on health and wellbeing issues. See articles.