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Letter: Assertion about support program corrected

|Written By Roy Thomas

The Speaker’s Corner opinion piece piece on Sept. 15 (see “Choir of voices needed to tackle depression in legal profession and beyond”) included inaccurate information about the Member Assistance Program for lawyers and paralegals in Ontario, a confidential and comprehensive service offered by Homewood Human Solutions and sponsored by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

The Members Assistance Program includes peer-to-peer counselling offered by lawyers and paralegals who volunteer and are trained and supported by Homewood Human Solutions. This peer counselling is a vital component of the program. The Speaker’s Corner article is wrong in suggesting that this peer counselling is no longer supported and available.

Roy Thomas,

Director of communications,

Law Society of Upper Canada

  • Robert Kominar
    In some ways this is good to know.
    I was in direct communication with a leader of the MAP when it was starting and was clearly told that the Homewood program used peers "only as listeners". In fact they declined my offer to participate in their program because I had too much experience. They suggested that I become a law society mentor instead as it would involve a more intensive relationship with those in distress. The Law Society suggested that there is no such mental health mentoring program
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