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Take a time out during Mental Health Awareness Month: Resources for NCRA members

Let’s face it: You already know that your mental health matters. Your work can be challenging, and when you add in the other aspects of the very full lives you live — perhaps family or health concerns, volunteering, and other personal or professional goals — you can be at risk of burning out. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and NCRA is here to support members with three free webinars and a web page full of resources to aid members in finding what they need to support their mental health.

While everyone’s situation is different, just like you take care of your physical health, you need to take care of your mental health to keep you moving, working, and living your best life each and every day.

“I have to admit I’ve been going through some waves of doubtful angst while trying to pass my last leg of the RPR (again), finding remote work, and handling things at my full-time job. Then in the midst of it, I revisited the mindful/wellness webinars available through NCRA and remembered my ‘why.’ Service. It’s all about serving!” says Kim Coltraine, RSR, a freelance court reporter.

NCRA is offering the following sessions during May free of charge to members as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. The sessions are sponsored by NCRF and will be recorded and archived for later viewing in the Free Content section of the NCRA Learning Center. No CEUs will be awarded.

View new live webinars and register here.

Be a Stronger Professional: Stress Awareness and Resilience
May 3 | 12 noon

This presentation will look at the mental health, wellness, and addiction issues plaguing the legal profession. Participants will explore the different types of stress, will look at the ways stress can impact individuals in positive and negative ways, and will help attendees identify their own personal stressors.

Burnout, Secondary, and Vicarious Trauma for Court Staff
May 10 | 5 p.m.

This session will introduce or reinforce what secondary and vicarious trauma are, what they look like, and how they contribute to burnout, diminished wellness, and impaired professional capacity.

Proactive Resilience: A Preventative Approach to Self-Care
May 17 | 12 noon

In this session, clinical social worker Hilary Cobb will discuss the importance of using a preventative approach to self-care planning as well as the common conditions that can interfere with this process such as compassion fatigue, burnout, vicarious trauma, and secondary traumatic stress.

In addition to the special sessions for Mental Health Week, NCRA maintains a year-round web page of resources. The Mental Health Resources page includes links to suicide prevention sites, substance abuse recovery services, and other mental health resources. The page also includes links to a number of national organizations that offer resources for anyone who needs help as well as links to articles for NCRA members about mental health and how other NCRA members manage their stress.

Whatever your situation, please know that you are not alone. In addition to these webinars and resources, let’s lean on and draw strength from one another, build up one another, and teach and mentor those in need. Learn more about Mental Health Week and the resources offered every day by visiting