A Word on Wellness: Dear Advy: Well Meaning, Well-Being Advice

June 30, 2021

Dear Advy is an advice column by the Canadian Bar Association. Members of the legal community can submit questions anonymously on anything and everything related to well-being, dealing with stress and succeeding under pressure. If a question is chosen, Advy will respond with advice and helpful resources.

A recent submission to Dear Advy, titled “Really Concerned,” asks Advy to provide advice on how to check-in on the mental health of a senior colleague while being sensitive and discreet.

“The first question to ask yourself is: How would you want a friend and colleague to broach this with you if the roles were reversed? You would probably want them to ask you, first of all. Your colleague deserves to hear your frank observations of what has been going wrong. Have the conversation, even if a big part of you wants to avoid it…” Read the submission and Advy’s full response.

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Advice provided by Advy is not intended to replace or substitute for any financial, medical, legal or other professional advice. If you have specific concerns or a situation in which you require professional, psychological or medical help, you should consult with an appropriately trained and qualified specialist.