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10 years on from hospitalisation for anxiety and depression

One decade ago (to the date of publication of this episode), Lawyers Weekly editor Jerome Doraisamy admitted himself to hospital, in light of his spiralling anxiety and depression, which verged on suicide ideation. Here, he reflects on that period of ill-health, his journey since, and lessons learned.

Content warning: This episode contains content that may be disturbing or distressing to some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.

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10 years on from hospitalisation for anxiety and depression
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On this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, Herbert Smith Freehills senior associate Codie Asimus interviews Jerome Doraisamy about his mental breakdown 11 years ago, the 18-month bout of ill-health that followed (including hospitalisation), what he learned from his experiences with severe clinical anxiety and depression, and how he feels reflecting on that time of his life, one decade on.

Codie and Jerome also discuss the current state of affairs for wellness in Australia’s legal profession, the evolving role of team leaders post-pandemic and the increased need for individual responsibility in the new normal, and also flesh out some advice for lawyers across the board who may be suffering from psychological distress.

Help is available via Lifeline on 13 11 14 and Beyond Blue at 1300 22 4636. Each law society and bar association also has further contacts available on their respective websites.



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