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Young lawyers get lessons on health

Young lawyers get lessons on health

Victoria's young lawyers are taking action in an attempt to improve their health and wellbeing throughout their careers.A new series of innovative lectures, hosted by the Young Lawyers Section…

Victoria's young lawyers are taking action in an attempt to improve their health and wellbeing throughout their careers.

A new series of innovative lectures, hosted by the Young Lawyers Section of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV), will begin this month, with a particular focus on fitness and nutrition, understanding and preventing depression, and managing stress and anxiety.

"Surveys consistently show lawyers are among the most depressed professionals in the country and many leave the profession," said LIV president Caroline Counsel.

"The LIV wants to change that and giving newcomers to the profession the tools for a healthy lifestyle is a good start."

Counsel said she believes it is crucial for young lawyers to make health and well-being a part of their lives and develop good long-term work-life balance habits.

"If they do this at the start of their careers, there is a much greater chance they will stave off depression, stress and anxiety and stay in the profession," she said.

"Attending these lectures is a way for young lawyers to educate themselves. They will receive practical advice specific to lawyers including how to identify an issue and the underlying cause, how to get help and prevention."

Topics covered include a fitness and nutrition lecture on 13 April, understanding and preventing depression on 10 August and managing stress and anxiety on 12 October.

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