Mayer Brown announced that it has signed on to the American Bar Association (ABA)’s Well-Being Pledge to support efforts to improve general wellness, including the reduction of substance abuse and mental illness in the legal profession.

Organized by the ABA Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession, the pledge is part of ABA’s Campaign of Innovation to address the profession’s troubling rates of alcoholism and other substance use disorders and mental health problems. By signing the pledge, the firm supports the campaign and its seven-point framework for building a better future in the legal profession. The framework includes (1) providing enhanced and robust education, (2) reducing the expectation of alcohol at firm events, (3) developing partnerships with outside resources, (4) providing confidential access to addiction and mental health experts and resources, (5) developing proactive policies and protocols, (6) demonstrating help-seeking and self-care as core cultural values, and (7) promoting pledge principles to attract and retain lawyers and staff.

Mayer Brown is committed to fostering a healthy work environment; the firm has implemented a well-being initiative that incorporates educational programs to raise awareness and provide resources to all lawyers and staff.