December 18, 2020 Coping with COVID Resources

Coping with COVID-19 at Work, at Home, and Apart

Juggling the responsibilities of work and parenting? Struggling with managing teams and projects? Grappling with the hardships of joblessness or ill-health? Whether you are overworked, overwhelmed, or just over it, here are some resources to help reframe our experiences and stay connected:

Well-Being and Support for Lawyers—ABA CoLAP

The practice of law can take an emotional toll. The American Bar Association has committed to improving the well-being of the legal profession. If the situation is just getting to be too much and you cannot cope, bar associations across the country have confidential support services you can contact. ABA CoLAP’s Directory (https://www.americanbar.org/groups/lawyer_assistance/resources/lap_programs_by_state) provides links to the programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and internationally.

Support for Work and Professional Development—Lean In

This organization offers a global network (https://leanin.org/virtual-circle-resources ) for women to connect, share experiences, and learn from each other. It also offers resources and information for companies and allies seeking to create a more inclusive workplace, including the report (https://leanin.org/women-in-the-workplace-2020) published by Lean In and McKinsey mentioned in this month’s feature article.

Strategic Thinking for Changing the Workplace Experience—Catalyst

For decades, Catalyst has convened corporate leaders, experts, and advocates to address women in the workplace. It’s most recent report and other resources on its website offer insights for firms, managers, and human resource teams to develop workplace environments to support women.

Coalition to Address Diversity and Inclusion—The Belonging Project

The pandemic has disproportionately impacted diverse communities and people with disabilities. The Belonging Project (https://www.seyfarth.com/the-belonging-project.html) offers virtual programs, resources, and support for diverse legal professionals during the pandemic.

Find the Helpers: Families at Home and in School

There are a wide array of online resources for parents and caregivers looking to strike the precarious balance of working, parenting, and educating at home. PBS has Coronavirus Resources for Parents (https://www.pbs.org/parents/coronavirus-resources-for-parents) with articles, activities, and resources providing helpful tips for parents and kids. Mental health associations also have online resources, like the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Resource_Libraries/covid-19/resources_helping_kids_parents_cope.aspx) and the American Psychological Association (https://www.apa.org/topics/covid-19/parenting-caregiving). Many national, state, and local governments also have guides and resources to support families.

Caregiving in COVID—AARP

Many women are working and caregiving for parents and extended family. The pandemic has raised the bar for health care logistics and left many of our loved ones in isolation. Among resources available, AARP provides a Family Caregiving website (https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/) with useful information and links to resources for support, including a support line to speak with someone.

Violence in Isolation—National Domestic Violence Hotline

In the shadow of isolation during the pandemic, domestic violence is on the rise. If you or someone you know is in danger, the National Domestic Violence Hotline offers direct access to call or chat online in addition to support resources.

Other Potential Resources of Interest

COVID-19 and Access to Justice [COVID-19 Resources (americanbar.org)]

Across the country, civil and criminal justice system stakeholders are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in a variety of ways that directly impact access to justice. Visit this page for websites, court orders, news items, legislation, and other resources that have been compiled by the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense.

The ABA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force [The ABA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force (americanbar.org)]

This webpage is intended as a national source of information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the delivery of legal services. It includes resources on remote service delivery, court access and rules changes, legal needs, public benefits programs, and pro bono mobilization. 

Health Law COVID-19 Resources [Health Law COVID-19 Resources (americanbar.org)]

The spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) is having significant legal implications across the health law sector. To help assist our members with staying informed in this rapidly changing legal environment, the ABA Health Law Section, through its COVID-19 Task Force, has put together a list of resources to help you stay apprised of health law developments related to COVID-19.

We all are facing significant challenges during the pandemic. None of us should be alone. Staying connected is essential to combat the effects of isolation, stress, and fatigue.

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