The Mental Health & Wellness Committee provides a vehicle for the CMBA to promote mental health and wellness among the members; educate lawyers and law firm administrators on the warning signs of mental illness; provide better understanding of treatment success rates to reduce the stigma associated with a diagnosis of mental illness; encourage attorneys experiencing symptoms of mental illness to seek early, appropriate treatment; disseminate information regarding the resources available to attorneys in need; and educate the bench and bar regarding the rights and needs of those with mental illness.

If you or a colleague you know need help, contact the Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program (OLAP) at 1-800-348-4343. Your confidentiality, and the confidentiality of anyone about whom you express concerns will be protected. Click here to visit OLAP's website.

For more information about the Mental Health & Wellness Committee, please contact Kari Burns, Assistant Bar Counsel.

Articles & Resources

Click here to view the Executive Director's spotlight on the CMBA's Mental Health & Wellness efforts from the July/August 2017 Bar Journal.

Beginning in 2010, the CMBA's Task Force on Mental Health & Wellness coordinated an effort to increase awareness of mental health issues among attorneys by featuring these nine articles in the CMBA Bar Journal written by behavioral health care professionals and practicing attorneys: 

December 2010 - written by R. Jeffrey Pollock

January 2011 - written by Dr. Scott Bea

February 2011 - written by Sarah Polly

March 2011 - written by Mary L. Cibella

April 2011 - written by Cynthia Vrabel, M.D.

May 2011 - written by Scott R. Mote

June 2011 - written by Diane Citrino

July/August 2011 - written by Ellen Riehm

November 2011 - written by Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton

Article of Interest

ABA's National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being report - August 14, 2017

How Lawyers Can Avoid Burnout and Debilitating Anxiety - ABA Journal, July 2015

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K. James Sullivan
Calfee, Halter Griswold LLP