The University of Newcastle, Australia

The Wellness Doctrines Seminar

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Sydney lawyer and author, Jerome Doraisamy recently visited the Newcastle Law School and spoke with students about The Wellness Doctrines and the steps a law student can take to address any health or wellbeing issues.

The Wellness Doctrines

At least one in three lawyers and law students suffers from depression. A litigious culture, extreme hours and relentless pressure – both internal and external – can all take their toll. Young lawyer Jerome Doraisamy learnt the hard way how pushing yourself to the physical and emotional limit can wreak havoc on your mental health and wellbeing. Over an 18-month period starting from late 2011, including one period of hospitalisation, he suffered from severe clinical depression.

Jerome’s first book, The Wellness Doctrines, addresses the crisis in the profession head-on, offering practical tools and guidance for young legal professionals via insightful case studies from academics, managing partners, senior solicitors, down to graduates and students. Showcasing a “by lawyers, for lawyers” approach, this book provides the inspiration a young legal professional needs to take charge of his or her health and wellbeing.

“If enough young lawyers have the courage to say, ‘I’m depressed, I need help’ they will make a more effective generation of lawyers. Depression has been my constant (but unwelcome) companion in life. My only regret in seeing this book is that I did not see it earlier.”

Julian Burnside, AO QC

For more information visit The Wellness Doctrines blog

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