A litigious culture, extreme hours and relentless pressure – both internal and external – can all take their toll. Young lawyer Jerome Doraisamy learnt the hard way how pushing yourself to the physical and emotional limit can wreak havoc on your mental health and wellbeing.
Over an 18-month period starting from late 2011, including one period of hospitalisation, he suffered from severe clinical depression. His first book, The Wellness Doctrines, addresses the crisis in the profession head-on, offering practical tools and guidance for young legal professionals via insightful case studies from academics, managing partners, senior solicitors, graduates and students.
Showcasing a “by lawyers, for lawyers” approach, this book provides the inspiration a young legal professional needs to take charge of his or her health and wellbeing.
Praise for The Wellness Doctrines
“It carries the very important ‘you are not alone’ message … there will always be someone who has travelled the same journey and understands your predicament completely.” – Justice Shane Marshall
“An insightful and practical guide addressing a vital issue for our time.” – The Hon. Keith Mason, AO QC
“A must-have tool for every law student and young lawyer.” – Australian Law Students’ Association
“Honest and empowering.” – Kathryn Crossley (Founder, Survive Law)
10% of proceeds from the sales of The Wellness Doctrines will be donated to the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation. The Foundation’s objective is to decrease work related psychological ill-health in the legal community and to promote workplace psychological health and safety. Legal organisations across Australia can become signatories to the Foundation’s Best Practice Guidelines, which assist members of the profession to understand the initiatives and methods of management that assist in the creation and maintenance of psychologically healthy and supportive workplaces. Go to www.tjmf.org.au to find out more about the work of the Foundation.
Jerome Doraisamy is a lawyer from Sydney, New South Wales. He attended St Aloysius’ College and then the University of Technology, Sydney, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Social Inquiry). Over the course of his legal career he has worked in a range of fields, from commercial practice to academic research to a major federal government inquiry. The Wellness Doctrines is his first book.
Before long, mental illnesses will be the most prominent, if not the most common, ailments suffered by Australians. One in four young people suffer some form of mental illness during their school years. In an average classroom of thirty school students, seven will manifest a psychological condition such as depression. Only two of those seven will seek help, while the other five will continue their daily routine without the benefit of any aid whatsoever.
But students – and those who care for them – can and do have the capacity to take proactive steps to live a more holistic life while in school, so as to ensure not only academic success, but also to emerge as more rounded and balanced people.
In The Wellness Doctrines for High School Students, lawyer and author Jerome Doraisamy tackles head on the stresses that confront young people today, providing sound knowledge based on his own experiences and advice from experts in the field, as well as safe, practical solutions.
Down-to-earth, reassuring and sane, The Wellness Doctrines for High School Students is the essential go-to manual for teens.
‘High school should be the best time in a teenager’s life. But, the reality is, for some kids it’s a bloody nightmare. This book is full of proper advice about dealing with the big stuff, not sweating the small stuff ... and nailing it by graduation day.’ Karl Stefanovic, Co-Host, TODAY Show