Wellbeing

Do you need help?

Practising at the bar is unquestionably stressful. Analysis of Barrister Wellbeing and Quality of Working Life surveys shows that many barristers report high levels of stress, perfectionism and self-criticism. Two-thirds feel they do not get adequate sleep. Do you, or a colleague, need help? 

BarCare is an independent professional counselling service designed to assist members to manage stress-related problems, such as marital breakdowns, drug or alcohol dependency and practice pressures.

 

Every year there are barristers who encounter personal misfortune and require assistance. The Barristers' Benevolent Association responds to calls for assistance without formality and without delays.

Wellbeing in the time of COVID-19

COVID-19 can affect your practice in many ways: illness, self-isolation, disruption to court procedures and cases. Be mindful of your resilience and wellbeing during this challenging time. If you're concerned about your mental health, the Black Dog Institute provides an Online Clinic, a free, anonymous self-assessment tool and a weekly personal mental health check-in.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing

The Five Ways to Wellbeing is an evidence-based approach to feeling good and functioning well. They are simple, every day actions to contribute to a positive experience of life. They are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.  

Financial security 

Practising as a barrister requires careful planning and management of cash flows, tax liabilities, income protection and superannuation. Without proper financial advice, money matters can soon get out of hand. 

Be informed

Identify, mitigate and manage vicarious trauma and other threats to your wellbeing. Get the latest information about mental illnesses, online testing and current treatments from the Black Dog Institute, Beyond Blue and a host of Australian and international centres of excellence in the field of mental health.

Wellbeing interviews

Success at the bar means different things to different people. The Wellbeing Committee interviews members of the bench and bar about their professional life, as well as their passions outside of work. Each offers a unique insight into the meaning of “work-life balance”. They have agreed to share these discussions with members.

Contact the Wellbeing Committee

The Wellbeing Committee has a charter to encourage barristers to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. We facilitate organised sporting, social and recreational activities. If you have an idea to promote wellbeing, or would like more information about our initiatives, contact the Wellbeing Committee for more information: wellbeing@nswbar.asn.au.

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