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Minds Count Lec­ture 2019

The 2019 Minds Count Annu­al Lec­ture was held at the Fed­er­al Court, Syd­ney on Tues­day 19 November.

The annu­al lec­tures were cre­at­ed to pro­vide a forum for the legal com­mu­ni­ty to come togeth­er and dis­cuss the issues we face as a pro­fes­sion regard­ing depres­sion and anx­i­ety. These lec­tures are aimed at cre­at­ing edu­ca­tion and aware­ness while also find­ing strate­gies to help improve the lives of those work­ing in or asso­ci­at­ed with the profession.

This year, the lec­ture was deliv­ered by David West­gate. David is a bipo­lar busi­ness­man, writer and men­tal health advo­cate and has had a long career as a high-fly­ing busi­ness­man work­ing in the field of adver­tis­ing. David decid­ed to blend his pas­sion and career to become a keynote speak­er for the Black Dog Insti­tute after being diag­nosed with Bipo­lar 1 and is now a pas­sion­ate pro­mot­er of men­tal health with­in the work­place whilst liv­ing a full per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al life. We thank David for so open­ly speak­ing about his expe­ri­ences and shar­ing such prac­ti­cal tips on how to reach out to our colleagues. 

The speech was fol­lowed by an inter­ac­tive Q&A ses­sion with David West­gate & Dr Greg DeMoore (psy­chi­a­trist and Minds Count Board mem­ber) and was facil­i­tat­ed by Jerome Doraisamy (The Well­ness Doc­trines and Minds Count Board member).

Minds Count would also like to con­grat­u­late Her­bert Smith Free­hills and Claris­sa Ray­ward for win­ning the inau­gur­al Minds Count Awards for Best Men­tal Well­be­ing Ini­tia­tive and Indi­vid­ual Lead­er­ship in Legal Men­tal Well­be­ing. Their con­tin­u­ous work in pro­mot­ing men­tal health in the work­place is tru­ly inspir­ing and we look for­ward to hear­ing about what’s to come.

The Minds Count Foun­da­tion appre­ci­ates the sup­port and com­mit­ment from indi­vid­u­als to spread the word on men­tal health and to cre­ate change for the bet­ter. We look for­ward to work­ing togeth­er so we can improve men­tal well­be­ing across the legal pro­fes­sion and look for­ward to the lec­ture in 2020!


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