This week is National Well-Being Week in Law. First established in 2020, Well-Being Week in Law is coordinated by the Institute for Well-Being in Law (IWIL) and is sponsored by the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs. The week serves as time for each of us to lead and participate in activities that promote health and happiness across the legal profession. The aim of Well-Being Week in Law is to raise awareness about mental health and encourage action and innovation across the profession to improve well-being. I encourage everyone to participate—judges, lawyers, law students, legal administrators, and support staff.
Well-being is not defined by the absence of illness, as pointed out by IWIL. Instead, well-being is a continuous process towards thriving across one’s life dimensions. This includes our physical, spiritual, occupational, intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. There truly is something for everyone of us when it comes to well-being in the legal profession and we are encouraging all to participate in Well-Being Week in Law. Each day there will be a new focus and new activities to participate in.
There are many ways that organizations, firms, and individuals can participate. Visit the IWIL website for resources and activity ideas. Visit the Kansas Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being website daily for videos and actives. Also, follow the Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program on Twitter and Facebook for ways to participate through social media each day.