Help for You
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Judges are not immune from stress, anxiety, the problematic use of alcohol, prescription medication and other drugs, problem gambling, depression, eating disorders, etc. In fact, given the nature of judicial duties, burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma are not uncommon for judges to experience. Many of these conditions are chronic and progressive – they do not resolve on their own. They often lead to worsening physical health, strained relationships, and/or diminished professional competence. It is imperative for a judge to receive the help he or she needs in order to mitigate these consequences and restore him or her to health and personal and professional well-being. JCJ can help.
The Board of Directors of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (the parent organization of JCJ) and our network of volunteers have always included recovering judges – men and women who understand the unique circumstances and pressures of being a judge. We know firsthand the price of professional and personal isolation necessary to preserve the appearance of impartiality. We are sensitive to the heightened level of awareness of both the public and the media to a judge’s every action. We fully understand the extraordinary need for discretion and confidentiality when seeking assistance for mental health and substance use concerns.
Whether you are worried about your own well-being or that of a member of your family, a colleague, a lawyer or a law student, JCJ can help.
- Your call and all Helpline services are 100% confidential.
- All services are voluntary and free of charge.
- We do not report any identifying information to the Supreme Court, any of its agencies or to any other party without your express consent.
- You may choose to remain anonymous and still receive any or all of JCJ’s services.
- You may accept, decline or disengage from any or all of our services at any time. We freely offer you our services and support, but you retain control.
JCJ’s Confidential Helpline & Services
The JCJ Confidential Helpline is answered live 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Staff will answer questions, provide general information and assist you in selecting the service(s) best suited for your needs:
- General Information, Free literature on a variety of mental health, wellness and substance use topics
- Referral to a qualified, independent healthcare provider for a confidential consultation at no charge to you
- A personalized plan of recommended treatment provided by a qualified healthcare provider
- Assistance with treatment admissions
- Peer support (fellow judges who understand your concerns)
- LCL/JCJ staff support
- Information about lawyer & judge-only group support meetings
- Intervention assistance – Referral to JCJ executive staff or a professional interventionist to discuss your concerns regarding another judge, a family member, a lawyer or a law student