Practising Well has developed with three main areas of focus: healthy mind, healthy body, healthy practice. The two partnerships that have been in place for some time now have specialised in two of these areas.
Lifeline – healthy mind
The partnership with Lifeline Aotearoa (www.lifeline.org.nz) is focused on the “healthy mind”, together with being healthy emotionally.
Lifeline Counselling has a team of qualified professional counsellors experienced in working with clients across a broad range of issues.
Lifeline’s high quality confidential service can help with day to day issues such as: stress, anxiety, burnout, depression, relationship issues, grief, trauma and addiction.
All Lifeline counsellors are qualified to Masters level and are members of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors.
For New Zealand Law Society members and families Lifeline offers a discounted rate: $110 based on a normal 60 minute session.
Currently this face-to-face service is only available in Auckland, Whangarei and Hamilton. Skype face-to-face counselling applies throughout New Zealand.
Lawyers can contact Lifeline by email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 09 909 2917, or by filling out a request for counselling form on the Lifeline website.
Business Mentors – healthy practice
The partnership with Business Mentors New Zealand is focused on “healthy practice”.
To help lawyers access practical support and mentoring, the New Zealand Law Society has formed a relationship with Business Mentors New Zealand. Their experienced, independent mentors act as guide and sounding board for small to medium sized businesses (businesses with up to 25 employees) to help them develop their business potential.
For a one-off registration fee of $150 plus GST, Business Mentors New Zealand offers up to two years of business mentoring free of charge. It provides access to 1,900 volunteer mentors, and can match businesses with a mentor with skills and knowledge specific to their businesses circumstances.
Business Mentors New Zealand has assisted more than 65,000 businesses since it was established in 1991. It is funded largely by patrons from the private sector, with additional support from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
For more information on Business Mentors New Zealand, visit www.businessmentors.org.nz.
Vitality Works – healthy body
Now, with the addition of Vitality Works, the law profession has a Practising Well partner that focuses on “healthy body”. More information about Vitality Works, which is a Sanitarium company, is available on its website www.vitalityworks.co.nz.
New Practising Well web resource
A new Practising Well section of the New Zealand Law Society’s website has just gone live.
This coincides with a number of Practising Well developments, including the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Vitality Works to provide a free health resource for lawyers and the production of a new Practising Well video.
The new web resource can be accessed at www.lawsociety.org.nz/practising-well. The three aspects of Practising Well – healthy mind, healthy body and healthy practice – feature on the site.
So, too, do the services provided by the three partnerships the Law Society has as a result of Memoranda of Understanding with Lifeline Aotearoa, Business Mentors New Zealand and Vitality Works.
Two other services that can also be accessed through the Practising Well portal are the National Friends Panel and the Locum Panel.
There are also links to a wide variety of resources, including the new video, Practising Well articles that have appeared in LawTalk, and a number of other resources.