The Ontario Bar Association has launched a mental-health effort after its president’s candid discussion of his own struggles with mental health struck a chord with many in the profession.
OBA president Orlando Da Silva, who spoke publicly about his depression when he took over the president’s role in the summer, now appears on the organization’s web site talking about his own suicide attempt in an effort to normalize conversations around mental illness.
The association is also going to launch a continuing professional development series under the banner “the mindful lawyer.”
“What we’re trying to do is start the conversation about depression in order to de-stigmatize it, to make the OBA . . . a safe place to talk about depress...