Shook Commits to ABA Well-Being Pledge Campaign

Shook, Hardy & Bacon, along with 39 other law firms across the country, has committed to take part in the American Bar Association’s Well-Being Pledge Campaign, which aims to reduce substance abuse and mental health issues in the legal profession. More law firms are expected to join the pledge campaign as awareness increases.

Lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to be depressed than nonlawyers, according to the American Psychological Association. While the increased risk of mental health and substance abuse disorders is not new, the willingness to address the problem is now just beginning to surface. The Well-Being Pledge challenges firms to help reduce the stigma and adopt education programs.

Shook joined a remote teleconference of pledge signatories February 22, 2019, with colleagues from other law firms to learn about educational opportunities. The ABA is committed to providing resources to its members, including a directory of Lawyer Assistance Programs (LAPS), which provides confidential services and support to judges, lawyers and law students facing substance abuse or mental health issues.