WHO WE HELP
FLA CAN HELP
MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS
ALCOHOL & SUBSTANCE USE
DEPENDENCY & ADDICTION
DEPRESSION & BIPOLAR
ANXIETY & STRESS
GRIEF & SUICIDE PREVENTION
AGING & COGNITIVE DECLINE
WHAT WE DO
PEER SUPPORT & REFERRALS
CLE & EDUCATION
FLA Update on Coronavirus
Many of our FLA groups have already been cancelled due to the closing of churches and schools and city ordinances. We are also aware that most 12 step groups have temporarily ceased meeting in person and want to make sure that you have resources about online groups. Please see the links below along with the attached updated list of AA meetings that are running around the clock.
Please know that we will all continue to be available to you through the FLA switchboard (just follow the prompts and enter an extension number), or on our cellphones. Judy 954-646-8169; Molly 305-788-9359; Scott 954-818-0888; Dawn 305-753-2181; John 573-239-4728.
Most importantly, we just want everyone to stay safe and not experience any additional stress during these uncertain times. We are here to support you and will be available anytime you may need us. Please do not hesitate to call at any time!
Keeping Sane While
Sheltering in Place
Ideas to keep busy and stay positive
1. Be Social
2. Explore Arts & Culture
3. Write a Letter
4. Read Something New
5. Watch Something New
6. Take a Trip on the Internet
7. Explore Your Creativity
8. Learn a New Skill
9. Try a New Recipe
11. Practice Relaxation
12. Be Active
13. Stay Healthy
14. Ask for Help
Provided by FL Lawyers Assistance in cooperation with IN Judges and Lawyers Assistance (“JLAP”)
Created by Jennifer Bays Beinart, an attorney in Denver, CO and volunteer for the IN JLAP.
PLEASE NOTE: The attached list of suggestions is just a tiny sample of the resources that are immediately available to you— for a comprehensive list of resources, see our posting at fla-lap.org
Being Social— in 2020, you can play a board game or card game with friends from around the globe or just down the street. Consider tabletop simulators online, or video gaming . . .
Facebook Instant Games: https://www.facebook.com/games/instantgames
Playing Cards: http://playingcards.io/
*Video games- Most gaming platforms have multiplayer options, or you can host a watch party.
Exploring Arts & Culture
Broadway At Home—Check out 15 Broadway Plays & Musicals you can watch at home.
Writing a Letter
Write to a senior citizen. https://lovefortheelderly.org/letters
You can also write to strangers or participate in a worldwide postcard exchange via . . .
Reading Something New through your library’s digital resources . . .
Use your Library’s digital resources. Many use the Libby App or Overdrive for digital books, audiobooks, and more. Some have magazines you can digitally checkout, and even movies.
IF you need inspiration for learning more about a variety of quirky topics, check out:
Watching Something New- Relax with an animal video at a favorite zoo . . .
Atlanta Zoo Panda Cam: https://zooatlanta.org/panda-cam/
National Zoo: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams
San Diego Zoo: https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams
Taking a trip on the Internet- with a virtual tour of a national park . . . visit:
Cape Cod Seashore: https://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/virtual-tours.htm
OR go to SPACE with NASA at https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive
Exploring Your Creativity- think “out of the box” when deciding on your favorite medium.
Artistic exercises are both relaxing and creative—ie, THERAPEUTIC.
Coloring? Try The New York Academy of Medicine Color our Collection featuring 117 different participating Institutions. http://library.nyam.org/colorourcollections/
Take a Free Art Lesson Daily at https://www.jerrysartarama.com/freeart-instruction-videos
Or look to home design on Remodelaholic: https://www.remodelaholic.com/
Learning a New Skill- and getting lost in learning with both free or for-pay courses.
Trying a New Recipe- with your favorite Professional Chefs. Network App. https://www.foodnetwork.com/profiles/talent/food-network-kitchen
Volunteering- even while sheltering in place, you can volunteer to transcribe records for the Smithsonian at https://transcription.si.edu/
Donate Blood. https://donate.indiana.versiti.org/donor/schedules/centers? OR
Practicing Relaxation- through a mediation or mindfulness app on your phone or computer, either free or paid. Mindwell (iOS/Android): https://www.mindwell.live/
The Breathing App (iOS/Android); Calm (iOS/Android): https://www.calm.com/ ;
Declutter the Mind (iOS/Android): https://declutterthemind.com/ ;
FitMind (iOS): https://www.fitmind.co/ ;
Learn how to Meditate with the NYT’s Guide to Mediation.
Being Physically Active- with a fitness class right in your living room. Here are a few to get you started: Blogilates: https://www.youtube.com/user/blogilates ;
Fitness Blender: https://www.youtube.com/user/FitnessBlende8.r/featured
PopSugar Fitness: https://www.youtube.com/user/popsugartvfit
CorePower Yoga: https://www.corepoweryoga.com/yoga-on-demand
Staying Healthy- with the simple measures outlined by the CDC; visit CDC.com.
Wash your hands; Clean your cellphone; Cellphone; Disinfect your home; Create an Action Plan
Asking for Help- if you are or someone you know is struggling,
PLEASE CALL . . .
Toll Free FLA Hotline—100% CONFIDENTIAL—(800)282-8981
CDC— Advice on coping with trauma or disaster. https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/index.asp
SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ ; Phone: 1-800-273-8255
Note: “988” is NOT CURRENTLY Active
CRISIS TEXT LINE: https://www.crisistextline.org/textline ; Text CONNECT to 741741
Everyone experiences fear, pain, and grief – but none of us needs to go through it alone!
COMMUNITY. COMPASSION. CONFIDENTIAL.
Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. is a non-profit corporation formed in 1986 in response to the Florida Supreme Court’s mandate that a program be created to identify and offer assistance to bar members who suffer from substance abuse, mental health, or other disorders which negatively affect their lives and careers (Bar Rule 2-9.11).
FLA is independent of The Florida Bar, although it does receive funding from that organization. Paramount to FLA is the protection of confidentiality for those attorneys, judges and law students who contact FLA for help. Confidentiality in voluntary cases is protected by a written contract with The Florida Bar which guarantees the confidentiality of FLA records, as well as by Bar Rule 3-7.1(j), Chap. 397.482-486, Florida Statutes, and other state and federal regulations. Judges, attorneys, and law students who seek the assistance of FLA need not worry that FLA will report them to the Bar, the Board of Bar Examiners, or their employer. Information is shared with these entities only if the participating individual signs a waiver of confidentiality.
FLA’s primary purpose is to assist the attorneys, judges, and law students find solutions to their mental health issues and assist in his or her recovery. FLA takes the firm position that substance abuse, compulsive behavior, and psychological problems are treatable illnesses rather than moral issues. Our experience has shown that the only stigma attached to these illnesses is an individual’s failure to seek help. FLA believes it is the responsibility of the legal community to help our colleagues who may not recognize their need for assistance.
#StigmaFreeYLD aims to end ALL the stigmas that lawyers face when it comes to addressing mental health and wellness issues -- and we want ALL of you to know that seeking help does NOT make you less of a lawyer.
Quite the contrary: It makes you a better, stronger lawyer.
Meet Florida Bar member and Broward County lawyer Hillary Cassel, who talks about how she took action to overcome her mental health and wellness challenges and how she has become a better attorney because of it.
Free and Confidential Help.
WHO WE HELP
LAW STUDENTS - FLA works with from every Florida law school to develop programming and raise awareness about alcoholism and drug abuse, mental health issues, and wellness. Crisis counseling, referrals, and peer assistance are available, as well as education related to character and fitness requirements.
LAWYERS - FLA helps lawyers find solutions for dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues and provides resources for incorporating a healthier lifestyle. Get access to professionals and support groups that are familiar with the challenges faced by lawyers experiencing these issues.
YOUNG LAWYERS - The hard truth is that 32 percent of lawyers 30 years old or younger have a drinking problem. FLA provides young lawyers with many resources, including links to videos on how to deal with stress and how to maintain a healthier lifestyle.
AGING LAWYERS - More attorneys are practicing law well past retirement age. FLA helps aging lawyers deal with specific issues, including a loss of cognitive abilities. Often attorneys experiencing cognitive decline find themselves in the disciplinary system.
JUDGES - Judges occupy a unique and powerful force within the legal profession. They see lawyers in action and can quickly identify an attorney who may be impaired. Judges are also among the few who are positioned to help other judges who may be challenged by substance use and mental health disorders. As with lawyers, FLA provides support and resources for judges in crisis.
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STRESS & ANXIETY
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SUICIDAL THOUGHTS at
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WHO WE ARE
In an effort to achieve it’s mission, FLA, through its over 300 volunteer legal professionals, has promoted the formation of over 30 weekly support groups throughout Florida for lawyers, judges, and law students. Some of these groups focus on substance abuse issues and are attended by legal professionals in recovery or who wish to learn more about the recovery process. Other groups assist legal professionals dealing with mental health issues or dual disorders. The groups meet at a designated location each week for approximately one hour.
Attorneys, judges, and law students recovering from substance abuse, or those who are interested in entering the recovery process, are invited to attend an FLA lawyer/law student support meeting whether or not they have disciplinary or bar admission problems. Particular issues affecting the recovering lawyer and the maintenance of their recovery while contending with the pressures and ethical questions inherent in the practice of law or the bar admission process are regularly discussed. The groups are completely confidential, and no record of attendance or issues raised is reported to FLA or to the Bar (unless required by terms of probation or conditional admission).
For those legal professionals dealing with mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, dual diagnoses, or other compulsive disorders, FLA also sponsors facilitated support meetings. These meetings are run by licensed mental health professionals to whom a nominal fee is paid by the participants. As with the chemical dependency support meetings, the groups are confidential unless reporting is a requirement of probation or conditional admission.
2335 E Atlantic Blvd. Ste. 410
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
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