Assist in 2020 - Responding to Crisis
We kicked off 2020 (Nov. 1, 2019 to Oct. 31, 2020) with our Hand to Hand evening featuring a discussion on lawyer mental health with Retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Clement Gascon, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Michele Hollins and Retired Provincial Court Judge Robert Philp.
When COVID-19 arrived and many lawyers and students encountered job loss, financial uncertainty, juggling working from home with childcare and homeschooling, and anxiety, Assist pivoted its programming to address needs.
Professional Counselling: Program usage was strong, with a slight dip for March and April, and then the busiest May and June since the program began.
Peer Support: 27 matches (November 1, 2019 through July 29, 2020), predominantly regarding career issues.
Red Mug Coffee Circles, our innovative drop-in coffee time where articling students and junior lawyers can easily connect with more seasoned lawyers, moved online. We host an on-line group of 8-12 each Monday at noon.
Education and Awareness: COVID resources added to our website
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