How do you spot the signs that someone is in trouble? How do you intervene effectively? What resources are available? It’s not always easy to know how to help someone who is experiencing depression. It can be hard to know what to say or do. The following websites offer you a number of ways to help a friend or family member.

Also, you may contact the director of BarCare, Jenny Houen, for more information or to arrange a consultation. Members in rural and regional areas can contact BarCare for assistance in locating an appropriate specialist closer to home.

Consultations are held in the strictest confidence.

Are your cases traumatising you?

The nature of barristers’ work necessitates deep involvement in cases that may disclose violence, injury, destitution, betrayal, dishonesty, greed, danger and damage. Not only do barristers have to listen to clients describe what, for many of them, has been a devastating life experience, but also, barristers must ask those same clients to re-live it over and again during the trial process by recounting the details to doctors, experts and in court.

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Barristers' Benevolent Association

The Barristers’ Benevolent Association of New South Wales was established to help members who are suffering from hardship either in the short term or long term. It is an important part of the collegiate life of the bar and how barristers look after each other.

Barristers' Benevolent Association


Beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia.

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Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and Bipolar Disorder.

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Minds Count Foundation

​The Minds Count Foundation (formerly the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation) is an independent, charitable organisation. Its objective is to decrease work-related psychological ill-health in the legal community and to promote workplace psychological health and safety.

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​Staying connected and having meaningful conversations is something we can all do. You don’t need to be an expert - just a good friend and a great listener. So, if you notice someone who might be struggling - start a conversation.

R U OK? A conversation could change a life