Walk with Assist, Together in Spirit but Physically Apart, on September 10th.

September 1, 2020

The Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (Assist) is pleased to invite the legal community to its annual Walk for Wellness. While a group walk is not possible this year, raising awareness about lawyer mental health issues and Assist’s programs is more important than ever.

Please join Assist on a socially distanced Buddy Up Walk. You can walk with a friend, colleague or small group (while maintaining social distancing) on September 10th at noon for World Suicide Prevention Day.

You are encouraged to post a photo to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn accounts, and tag Assist or email photos to program-manager@lawyersassist.ca. Assist will select one photo to be displayed on the cover of its 2020 Annual Report.

In 2019, more than 10 per cent of Alberta lawyers accessed Assist’s professional counselling services. Approximately one in four articling students and one in three law students also used Assist’s resources. With such a significant number of lawyers accessing the services at Assist in a single year, it is important to promote these valuable resources and to encourage more lawyers to reach out for help.

Assist is championing the Centre for Suicide Prevention’s Buddy Up campaign. These resources can help everyone communicate more openly and to provide support to anyone in distress.. If you want more information about this program, email program-manager@lawyersassist.ca.

Our collective mental health continues to be challenged by the pandemic. Assist offers confidential and non-judgmental psychological assistance, peer support, and education. Learn more about Assist’s programs on their website.