Well-Being Committee

In August, 2016, a National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being was initiated, with representatives from organizations including the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, the National Organization of Bar Counsel, and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. Its mission was to promote nationwide awareness, recognition, and treatment of issues relating to attorney well-being, thereby changing the culture of the legal profession such that impairments are reduced and well-being is increased. In August 2017, that task force issued a report entitled “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change.”

As a result of the National Task Force’s August 2017 report and the recommendations contained therein, A Hawaii Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being (Hawaii Task Force) was established. The purpose of the Hawaii Task Force is to review the recommendations of the National Task Force on how to address lawyer well-being issues, assess which recommendations can be implemented to address the unique needs of Hawaii’s legal community, and recommend how those proposals can best be implemented.

NEW!  The YLD, SCD, and SCD present a well-being seminar.
Friday, October 29, 2021


RUOK? Do You Know Someone in Distress?


Hawaii Lawyers Caring for One Another

by Kathleen “Pulama” Rhoads Merriam, LCSW, CSAC, Adult Mental Health Division of the Department of Health 

Calming Desk Exercises with Makana Risser Chai


HSBA Well-Being at Your Desk

Well-Being Articles Featured in HSBA


2 Behaviors that Promote Mental Health Stigma at Work

by Mackie Jones, President, Planning Services Hawaii 

4 Things Gen Z and Millenials Expects from Their Workplace

by d O'Boyle,Gallup.com 

5 Things You Should Do First Thing In The Morning To Be Happier All Day

by Catherine Pearson, HuffPost 

6 ways to reduce anxiety about going back to the office

by Gwen Moran,FastCompany 

7 Science-Based Strategies to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety

by Jelena Kecmanovic, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Georgetown University 

7 Small Ways to Talk about Mental Illness at Work

by Annie Fields, The Mighty 

8 Strategies to Set Up Remote Work During the Coronavirus Outbreak

by Marten Mickos, CEO of HackerOne 

Coping with Stress for Workers

by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Coronavirus and Your Mental Health: Two Experts Explain Why we panic and how to cope

by Joanna Chiu, Vancouver Bureau 

Exercise Improves Sleep

by Debra Austin, JD, PhD 

Employee Wellness Training: 5 Ways to Build Resilience

byMackie Jones, President, Planning Services Hawaii 

He’s Battled COVID-19 as a Doctor and a Patient. The Emotional Toll, He Hays, is the Untold Story

by Mahealani Richardson, Hawaii News Now 

How Do You Keep Down Your Stress Levels at the Office?

by Stephen Rynkiewicz, ABA Journal staff 

How Lawyers Can Cope with Vicarious Trauma

by Jeena Cho, American Bar Association 

In Focus: Lawyer Well-Being

by Bloomberg Law 

It Takes a While to Adjust: Recognizing the Pandemic's Long Term Mental Health Impacts and How to Find Help

by Maggie More, NBC Los Angeles 

Know the Signs of Stroke

by Mackie Jones, Planning Services of Hawaii 

Let’s Break the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness by The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division 

Maintaining a Sense of Humor to Cope

by Elizabeth Scott, MS, verywellmind 

May is Mental Health Month, and Lawyers are Among Those Seeking Help

by Hawaii News Now 

New Study Says Working Long Hours Kills About 745,000 People Per Year  

by Catherine Pearson, HuffPost 

Online and Telephone Support Groups

by National Alliance on Mental Health Awareness 

Psychologist shares tips on how to rewire your brain, get healthy again as society reopens

by Wendy Ryan, ABC Action News Tampa Bay 

Returning to the office stirs anxiety among workers

by Lini S. Kadaba, The Inquirer 

Stress Management

by Mayo Clinic Staff, MayoClinic.org 

Stress, drink, leave: An examination of gender specific risk factors for mental health problems and attrition among licensed attorneys

by Patrick Krill,, Krill Strategies LLC 

Suicide: What to Do When Someone is Suicidal by Mayo Clinic Staff, MayoClinic.org 

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

by Doreen Marshall, Ph.D., AFSP Vice President of Mission Engagement 

That Feeling You Can't Name? It's Called Emotional Exhaustion.

by Alia E. Dastagir, USA Today 

The Leader’s Guide To Managing COVID-19 Panic

by Jan Bruce, Forbes Contributor 

The Urgency of Sleep and Well-Being

by Robin Wolpert, Bench & Bar of Minnesota 

What Management Can Do in The Time of Social Distancing – Connect!

by Kim Payton, Organizational Psychologist, Ph. D 

Work addiction is real - here's how to kick the habbit

by Leks Drakos, The Ladders 

What negotiating trauma looks like from both sides of the bench

by Mallika Kaur, Esq. 



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