Mental health issues reach across races, ethnicities, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, genders and professions. But, mental health struggles plague the legal profession at an alarming rate. It is well-documented and well-established that professionals in the legal profession have mental health problems and substance abuse disorders at higher rates than those in other professions.
During Mental Health Awareness Month, MBLB’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee shares two essays by Councilman Joe Giarrusso that provide personal insight into mental health issues as well as several mental health resources.
MBLB’S COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY
MBLB strives to be a diverse law firm. Our goal is to create and maintain an environment that welcomes and fosters mutual respect for different perspectives, backgrounds and life experiences regardless of gender, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability. We are committed to ensuring that professional growth and advancement are based on capability and performance and recognize that a diverse workforce enriches our experiences and lends to our success. We value and support all who positively contribute to our practice and our community.
MBLB’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee members include Members Alan Brackett, Mike Parks, Dan Sullivan and Simone Yoder, Associates Tyler Loga and Taylor Tran and Human Resources Director, Linda Castanza.
Among the initiatives the DE&I Committee has launched is the Affinity newsletter, which allows diverse voices and points of view to be shared, both within our firm and externally. The newsletter is intended to educate, particularly on historical diversity issues and their impact on or by the law. While these articles provide valuable perspective, they are not intended to espouse a position by the firm.
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