What is Compos Mentis?
A podcast about wellbeing for lawyers. Through personal anecdotes, Nat and Jenn explore the unspoken realities of legal practice and how to stay happy, healthy and productive while working in the law.
In discussing key themes like time, stress, mindfulness, rejection, authenticity and perfectionism and how they relate to the work of a lawyer, they identify concrete tools and strategies for managing wellbeing.
Each episode is a conversation format of up to 30 minutes. Together they provide an easy-listening toolbox for enhancing lawyers’ wellness.
Why Compos Mentis?
Briefs, appearances, billable units, opposing counsel, demanding clients, unrealistic deadlines, long hours, non-stop emails, sleepless nights, fierce competition, perfectionism, disillusionment, office politics, the corporate ladder ... With so many unique and unrelenting pressures in the important work of law, personal wellbeing is often the price of professional success.
At some point in a lawyer's career - from the very beginnings as a law student right up to the echelons of law firm partners - one in three of us will experience clinical depression, anxiety or another stress-related illness. This rife reality shows how difficult but important it is to manage your wellbeing, before you reach breaking point.
We hope that Compos Mentis helps support lawyers to manage challenges to mental health and wellbeing that can arise when working in the law.
Who are we?
Nat and Jenn met while working as Associates at the Federal Court of Australia and discovered a shared interest in wellbeing for lawyers.
Natalie Campbell is a member of the Victorian Bar with a background in public, employment and industrial law. She was the Associate to Justice Jessup of the Federal Court of Australia and is a reporter for the Federal Law Reports.
Jennifer Lim is an LL.M candidate at New York University. She previously worked in human rights legal policy and public law litigation on behalf of government. She was a headnote reporter for the Federal Court Reports and Associate to Justice Beach of the Federal Court of Australia.
As young legal professionals, we are passionate about addressing the increased mental health risks of our industry and supporting our peers to manage and avoid work related stress, depression and burnout.