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Issue 855

21 November 2014

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Mental illness in the legal profession

When it comes to mental illness, including depression and anxiety disorders, lawyers suffer more than their fair share. Although this has not been studied much in New Zealand, overseas research indicates that lawyers have among the highest rates of depression and suicide in any occupation. Anecdotally, it is clear this could be the case in this country also. LawTalk spoke to practitioners and health professionals about the issue and what support is currently available.

Last updated on the 17th March 2016