The Mental Health Institute of Legal Profession (“MHILP”) is an organization devoted to the lawyers’ and Law students’ wellbeing. Even though the MHILP’s aims and investigations are not initially devoted to all legal professionals, it is true that they can be also useful for those professionals (barristers, judges, prosecutors, among others).
The main aims of the MHILP are built around three phases:
Phase 1: Radiography
- To ascertain lawyers’ and Legal Sciences students’ state of mental health through surveys and interviews that will be drafted by the Scientific Committee. The official materials of the MHILP will have the following names:
- Advocacy’s Welfare Survey (AWS).
- Law Students’ Welfare Survey (LSWS)
Both the AWS and the LSWS will be drafted by our scientific experts taking as reference the Goldberg Test (GHQ-28), duly adapted to the specialties of advocacy and the Legal Sciences’ study.
- To identify which are the psychosocial risk factors associated to the practice of Law.
Phase 2: To foster lawyers’ and Legal Sciences students’ welfare
- To recommend the adoption of certain organizational policies within law firms to improve lawyers’ welfare.
- To fight against stigma and discriminatory practices suffered by lawyers due to mental health problems through awareness campaigns and specific programs.
- To encourage the seeking of psychological aid when the lawyer needs it.
- To foster the feminine leadership within the legal professions and to break the “glass ceiling” through the establishment of strategic alliances with association of female lawyers.
- To propose the inclusion of mental health content in university programs (Law Degree and LL.M. for the Access to the Bar Association) to Law Schools and legal training centers, as well as in the courses organized by bar associations.
- To establish strategic alliances and collaboration agreements with law schools, legal training centers, law firms, bar associations, companies, public administrations and mental health organizations, both national and international.
- To inform about the studies, investigations, and works carried out in other countries concerning the mental health of the legal profession and Legal Sciences’ students.
Phase 3: Incorporation of a verification process
- To verify the fulfillment of the organizational policies recommended by the Welfare Committee by those organizations voluntarily subjected to MHILP’s control. The fulfilment of such policies will be duly acknowledged by the MHILP, by means of any kind of certification.
To fulfill all these aims, it is essential not only to have the support and hear the voices of the legal professionals and people to whom the MHILP’s investigations and project are addressed, but also to have the sponsor and the supervision of mental health experts.