The Mental Health Institute of Legal Professions (ISMA-MHILP) is the first non-profit organization in continental Europe (countries of civil law culture) to work for the health and well-being of legal professionals (lawyers, prosecutors, and civil servants of the Administration of Justice), candidates who want to exercise some legal profession, and law students, as well as their families, by means of education, training, information, research and the provision of assistance services.

What are its aims?

The purposes of ISMA-MHILP are as follows:

a) To evaluate and analyze annually the state of mental health and well-being of legal professionals, candidates who want to practice a legal profession, and law students.

b) To do and promote research on the mental health and well-being of legal professionals, candidates who want to practice a legal profession, and law students.

c) To report on studies, research, academic work and news that deal with issues related to the mental health and well-being of legal professionals, candidates who want to practice a legal profession, and law students.

d) To promote healthy lifestyles among legal professionals, candidates who want to practice a legal profession, and law students.

e) To achieve the rehabilitation and, where appropriate, the reinsertion into the employment of legal professionals, candidates who want to practice a legal profession, and law students.

f) To recommend the adoption of well-being policies to bar associations, law firms, the administration of justice, law schools, and legal training centers.

g) Evaluating, accrediting and recognizing bar associations, law firms, the administration of justice, law schools, and legal training centers that voluntarily wish to obtain recognition of the corresponding Well-Being Index.

h) To fight against the stigma, discriminatory practices and harassment suffered by legal professionals, candidates who want to practice a legal profession, and law students.

i) Encourage professional help-seeking behaviors.

j) Promote women’s leadership in the legal world.

k) Break with the glass ceiling in the legal world and analyze the mental health impact of this phenomenon.

l) Participate in the public participation procedures of normative projects that directly or indirectly affect the legal professions.

What are the activities of ISMA-MHILP?

1. To create and conduct annual surveys of the well-being and mental health of legal professionals, candidates who want to practice a legal profession, and law students.

2. To conduct anonymous interviews with members of these groups to complete the well-being surveys and to obtain more information when researching the mental health and well-being of legal professionals, candidates who want to practice a legal profession, and law students.

3. Development of information guides and teaching materials on mental health and well-being in the legal sector.

4. Awareness and anti-stigma campaigns through interviews and videos.

5. Lectures, courses, and conferences related to the mental health of legal professionals, candidates who want to practice a legal profession, and law students.

6. Elaboration of the Annual Well-Being Plan for the Legal Sector.

7. Elaboration of individualized well-being plans for bar associations, law firms, administration of justice, law schools, and legal training centers.

8. Making alliances and collaboration agreements with professional colleges and offices, law faculties and legal training centers, public administrations, associations of law students and mental health organizations, both national and international.

9. Establishment of a telephone helpline so that legal professionals, candidates who want to exercise a legal profession, and law students, as well as their families, have initial support and guidance.

10. Creation of different assistance programmes aimed at the groups mentioned above to deal with their mental health problems and addictions.

11. Any other activity that is directly or indirectly related to the objectives of ISMA-MHILP.