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Mental health issues are pervasive. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, in any year, “one in five people in Canada experiences a mental health problem or illness.” The impact of mental illness, writes Governor General David Johnston, “is felt by family, friends, and colleagues—by nearly every Canadian—in some way.” But are lawyers and law students more likely to be personally affected by mental health issues? Jerome Doraisamy’s The Wellness Doctrines tackles the subject of mental health and wellness for young lawyers and law students. The Law Society of Upper Canada’s 2017 Mental Health Strategy Task Force Final Report concludes that “legal professionals may be at an even higher risk than the general population of experiencing career and life challenges and struggles with mental illness and addictions.”

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