find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Insurance Lawyer (3-5 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Dynamic organisation ·
View details
Legal Counsel
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: North Sydney NSW 2060
· 18 month fixed term contract · 3-5 years PQE with TMT exposure
View details
Minters uses Beyond Blue to tackle mental illness

Minters uses Beyond Blue to tackle mental illness

Minter Ellison consulted with Beyond Blue to help the firm recognise signs of depression in its lawyers.Speaking to Lawyers Weekly ahead of a major forum on workplace health hosted by the firm…

Minter Ellison consulted with Beyond Blue to help the firm recognise signs of depression in its lawyers.

Speaking to Lawyers Weekly ahead of a major forum on workplace health hosted by the firm today (16 June), Minters partner Kristy Edser said the former Victorian Premier and Beyond Blue chairman, Jeff Kennett, was consulted in the formation of the firm's "Resilient ME program". Launched in 2010, this aims to provide support services to lawyers showing signs of depression and stress.

"The whole industry knows there's an issue," said Edser. "People have always been scared to put their hands up and talk about it but this program is changing the mindset."

Edser added that the Minters program targeted prevention and awareness, with employees having access to "skills sessions" to help identify symptoms of depression and stress in themselves or others.

Managers and partners at the received training from Beyond Blue in 2009 and a 12-week graduate program entitled "Life Skills" was offered to graduates entering the firm. The program included topics on communication, mental health in the workplace and crisis support

"Graduates love it - they are becoming big supporters of it- and mental health is becoming something they are happy and comfortable to talk about," said the firm's HR manager, Evette Tattam.

Events and sessions are circulated through the firm's intranet and newsletters including meditation and yoga programs, medication access sessions, relationships at home and fun and humour in the workplace.

Minter Ellison also works with an 'employee assistance partner', an external counselling body, which comes in and run sessions on a range of topics to promote resilient lifestyle habits and relationships.

Minter Ellison hosted more than 40 organisational members of the Workplace Health Promotion Network for its annual member's forum in Sydney.

Blake Dawson, and Mallesons Stephen Jaques are also financial members of the organisation.

Speakers at this morning's forum included Krystyna McIntosh, Minters' OHS consultant, ad representatives from Telstra, Ramsay Health, MediBank Health Solutions and St Vincent's and Mater Health Sydney.

The event featured case-studies from Network members and a panel discussion on the appropriate role and focus of workplace well being programs. The importance of training managers about their role in injury management, especially psychological injury, was also discussed.

It is estimated that one in five Australian employees develop symptoms of mental illness each year.

Stephanie Quine

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Minters uses Beyond Blue to tackle mental illness
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
LCA president Fiona McLeod SC
Aug 17 2017
Where social fault lines meet the justice gap in Aus
After just returning from a tour of the Northern Territory, LCA president Fiona McLeod SC speaks wit...
Marriage equality flag
Aug 17 2017
ALHR backs High Court challenge to marriage equality postal vote
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has voiced its support for a constitutional challenge to ...
Give advice
Aug 17 2017
A-G issues advice on judiciary’s public presence
Commonwealth Attorney-General George Brandis QC has offered his advice on the public presence of jud...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...