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Ten tips for spreading some Christmas cheer and giving back to the community

10 Dec 2014

Christmas is near and many young lawyers are eager to spread some good cheer and get into the spirit of giving. With a new year on the horizon, this is also the perfect time to plan how you can be more involved in your community in 2015, using the following ideas:

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Three good reasons why lawyers should try running

08 Oct 2014

Until I became a lawyer I didn’t appreciate the importance or fun of physical activity – in my case, running. I now regularly run - the longer the distance the better. Whilst I will not be featuring in the Olympics any time soon, I will be at the start line for the LIV Fun Run and here are some reasons why I think you should join me!

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10 Sep 2014

Research has concluded that the legal profession has one of the highest rates of moderate to severe depressive symptoms, and use of alcohol or other drugs to reduce or manage feelings of sadness and depression. The Brain and Mind Research Institute through the Courting the Blues: Attitudes towards depression in Australian law students and legal practitioners research report found 46.9% of law students; 55.7% of lawyers and 52.3% of barristers reported having experienced depression. 

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How to do a “life check” for a better career & happier life

09 Jul 2014

When I was out running this week I appreciated how much my outdoor time gives me the head space to think about some of the important things in life and is it going to plan? It made me question – do we all get so caught up in the business of life that we forget what it is we’re working so hard for? And I decided it was time to stop and ‘check in’ on my life plan. And this week I’m encouraging you to do the same thing.

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Hello Young Lawyers, Graduates and Students!

23 Jan 2014

We have an exciting year ahead and we hope that you take full advantage of what is on offer and get involved. The Executive Committee (as elected by you!) commenced setting the strategic direction for the YLS in early January. We have worked hard to set a clear vision and actionable plans focused on making a meaningful difference for you in 2014.

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Top ten tips to balance life and your legal career

07 Nov 2013

When the WATL Foundation was launched on 12 September, the YLS started thinking more about what we can do to help our members safeguard their own mental wellbeing.

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Drawing a line in the sand: Young lawyers and depression

19 Sep 2013

Young Lawyers Section President Cameron Forbes discusses mental illness and depression amongst young lawyers.

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9 simple ways to improve your mental health

28 Jun 2012

If you believe Captain Planet, then ‘The Power Is Yours!’ The trouble is, there are times when not even animated wisdom reaches the darkened depths of a worried mind.

Make no mistake, the mental health of young lawyers and law students is, statistically, in a concerning state. Depression, anxiety and related mental illnesses are on the rise. Many careers are harmed and lives lost in the course of mismanaged or ignored mental health issues.

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