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Volunteer Speakers Needed: Sharing Personal Stories of Recovery from Substance Use & Mental Health Struggles

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As the Massachusetts legal profession works to overcome stigma and improve well-being, we’ll have opportunities for individuals to share their stories of recovery from addiction and substance use as well as other mental health struggles.


Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Massachusetts (LCL) is closely involved in the growing lawyer well-being movement. One of the goals of the well-being movement is to destigmatize the experience of recognizing when we are struggling, when we need help, and asking for help. In the ongoing effort to combat stigma associated with mental health and substance use concerns in the legal profession, there have been increased requests to have speakers with lived experience.

LCL MA is seeking volunteers to participate in well-being programs, typically on panels, who are willing to share their personal stories regarding their experiences with mental health and/or substance use recovery. We hope to compile a list of speakers from across the Commonwealth, in various areas of practice, and with various life experiences. As requests for speakers come in, we would reach out to those on the list who we think would best meet the needs of the specific program.

If you would be willing and able to volunteer as a speaker, please email Dr. Shawn Healy at



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Rachel Casper
CATEGORIES: Addiction Recovery | Announcements | Anxiety | Burnout | Depression | Grief
TAGS: mental health | stigma

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