The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program, or TLAP, launched a new website June 1 aimed at providing information and resources to Texas lawyers, law students, and judges who are concerned for themselves or a colleague in regards to general well-being, mental health, or substance use issues.
The site, tlaphelps.org, is not only easy to navigate but also accessible 24/7 on any mobile device, tablet, or desktop. The site features links to articles, podcasts, videos, and TED Talks on topics including wellness, stress and anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder, suicide prevention, substance abuse, and cognitive decline. Resources are tailored to law students, young lawyers, lawyers, aging lawyers, judges, and legal employers.
TLAP works with the 10 law schools in Texas to develop programming to raise awareness about alcohol and drug abuse, mental health issues, and wellness. Crisis counseling, referrals, and peer assistance are available.
TLAP also provides young lawyers with a multitude of resources on how to deal with stress and maintain a healthier lifestyle. The hard truth is that 32 percent of lawyers 30 years old or younger experience “problematic drinking,” which sets the stage for later abuse and even dependence.
A recent study by the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation also found that 28 percent of lawyers struggle with some level of depression, 19 percent demonstrate symptoms of anxiety, and 11 percent have had suicidal thoughts at some point in their career.
TLAP maintains a database of professionals and support groups that are familiar with the challenges faced by lawyers experiencing these issues. And TLAP’s staff members are available to provide 100 percent confidential assistance 24/7—just call 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP).
“Our new website provides the latest strategies for well-being, as well as resources for those struggling with substance use or mental health issues, all of which is targeted to meet the unique needs of lawyers, law students, and judges,” attorney and TLAP Director Bree Buchanan said. “Our hope is that tlaphelps.org can be a gateway to finding how to live a healthy and productive life in the midst of our very stressful profession.”
The success stories on tlaphelps.org are powerful—and real.
If you or someone you know needs assistance, go to tlaphelps.org for more information.