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404 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE It is important that lawyers be well supported by a network of lawyer friends and colleagues. A most human need is the need for connection. Many lawyers have a ready-built support system in their firms; many do not. It is possible to create a network of friends and colleagues to connect with and to provide support. Distress breeds in isolation and isolation limits the ability to seek help when most needed. The Lawyers Assistance Program of B.C. (“LAPBC”) can help you create a support network and can help those within existing support networks and law firms learn how to be of maximum support to each other. Other good support networks outside of a law firm are the local bar associations and, of course, the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch and the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C. These associations are a great place to meet other lawyers and make friends. Young lawyers can find mentorship there and begin to share in the life of our profession. It is good for your health and the health of the profession for everyone to participate in these groups. For those of you who are fortunate enough to have a healthy support network, please join your local bar association to help others. LAPBC promotes and supports lawyers helping lawyers. We have a vision of a legal community in which every member is available to lend a helping hand to every other member and to reach out and ask for help from others. “Lawyers helping lawyers” is a concept based upon the idea of gratitude. Others have helped us and in return we wish to pass that on and help yet others. The act of helping, done with gratitude, is its own reward. We help without expectation of anything from the person we are helping; in fact the privilege of being asked to help is the reward. Asking for help is a sign of strength and courage and the act of reaching out and asking helps and strengthens the entire profession. Every year we host a Gratitude Lunch to remember to be thankful to those who have helped us and to reaffirm our desire to be helpful to others. Each year we honour one individual with the “Lawyer Helping Lawyer Award” and in doing so honour our entire profession and community. Please come out to the Gratitude Lunch this year. Express your support for the concept of a helping, collegial legal community. The lunch is Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Law Courts Inn. Please contact us by phone at 604-685-2171 or by email at <info@lapbc.com> or visit our website at <www.lapbc.com>. The Lawyers Assistance Program is an independent organization of members of the legal community (lawyers, judges, families and support staff). We provide peer support and referral services to help people deal with personal problems, including alcohol and drug dependence, stress, anxiety and depression. We are volunteers and staff committed to providing confidential, compassionate and knowledgeable outreach, support and education. We seek to foster collegiality among our peers and to promote health and well-being in our community. You can reach LAP by telephone at 604-685-2171, toll-free at 1- 888-685-2171 or via the LAP website: <www.lapbc.com>.


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