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Chautauqua County Crisis Line
The JBA values the health and safety of all members, and understands the unique difficulties and stresses of the legal profession. Below is a non-exhaustive list of New York State, Chautauqua County, and Bar Association of Erie County resources that are free and available to the public. In addition, if you would like to confidentially speak with a JBA Board member about anything, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chautauqua County Warmline
The New York State Bar Association has established a weekly peer support group for lawyers. Below is additional information from the NYSBA:
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the current state of the world and the practice of law feels like it is changing minute by minute, leaving many lawyers uneasy, anxious, and unsure. If you are experiencing these feelings, you are not alone. Join other lawyers, law students and judges from across the state in a free and confidential support group being held weekly on Thursdays at 4pm via Zoom.
Each group session will be loosely organized under a theme for discussion. All participants will be given the opportunity to share if they wish, with supportive discussion to follow. This group is a support and discussion group. It is not a 12-step recovery group nor a therapeutic group. Its purpose is to discuss and share concerns, while connecting and supporting others in the profession. The L2L Roundtable is not a substitute for and should not be considered medical, psychiatric, or legal advice. It is supported by the Attorney Well-being Committee and by the Lawyer Assistance Program.
Here is a link to the NYSBA’s weekly peer support program:
The Bar Association of Eric County also has a number of programs, services, and resources available to the WNY legal community, dedicated completely to helping with their mental health.