Good morning (…) (from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)
My name is Manel Atserias Luque. I am a lawyer, and I am currently finishing the Advanced Master in Legal Sciences at Pompeu Fabra University. Furthermore, I am a member of the Barcelona Bar Association (ICAB, in Spanish and Catalan) since September 2014.
I read one notice at Idealex.press under which both the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section Health and Wellness Committee and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law sponsored the conference “Young Lawyers: Mental Health for Lawyers & Law Students” on March 14, 2017. Taking into account that I have an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), I am very interested in knowing what kind of activities the Dave Nee Foundation, Law Schools, State Bars, and the American Bar Association (together with other centers or organizations) carry out concerning this topic.
I am reading “Reducing the Stigma: The Deadly Effect of Untreated Mental Illness and New Strategies for Changing Outcomes in Law Students“, and it is incredible how the stigma affects both law students and lawyers when they need to ask for professional help or, merely, explain their problems to their colleagues. Nonetheless, it is important to emphasize that the American experience is very different from the Spanish one. Unlike you, we do not have this level of awareness. For this reason, I would like to change this situation.
There will be elections to choose the new Barcelona Bar Association Board of Directors soon. I asked candidates about this issue in Linkedin, and one of them, Mr. Jordi Pintó Sala (together with their team) showed much interest. In fact, I have already had a meeting with one of his teammates to talk about the importance of mental health in our area.
I would like you to explain to me what kind of activities you do. My purpose is to fight against the stigmatization and discrimination which both law students and lawyers suffer because of their mental health problems.
God Bless America!