24 Mar 2010

Clayton Utz joins top-tier firms to raise awareness of mental health issues in the legal profession

Sydney, 24 March 2010: Last night Clayton Utz was proud to join top-tier firms Allens Arthur Robinson, Blake Dawson, Freehills and Mallesons together with The College of Law in launching the [email protected] initiative as part of the firms' Depression and Anxiety Working Group.

The [email protected] initiative will play an important role in progressing the Working Group's objectives to raise awareness and understanding of the impact of depression and anxiety in the legal profession.

The initiative has two components: a short film about mental health in the legal profession, and a collaboration with The College of Law on a new component of practical legal training, focused on mental health and resilience for lawyers at the threshold of their careers.

Commenting on the [email protected] initiative Clayton Utz Chief Executive Partner David Fagan said: "Law firms can no longer ignore the very real threat that depression and anxiety poses to the long-term health and wellbeing of our people. The [email protected] program is an important starting point in actively helping raise awareness and understanding of what is a profession-wide issue that requires a profession-wide response.

"Clayton Utz is committed to working with other major law firms and The College of Law in making a meaningful contribution to addressing the issue through education and raising awareness, and in ensuring we support our own partners and staff through effective health and wellbeing programs and initiatives."

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