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NCRF supports Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and NCRA is here to support members with three free webinars sponsored by NCRF 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.

NCRA is offering the following sessions free of charge to members as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. The webinars were presented earlier in the month and can be found at the links provided and on the Free Content section of the NCRA Learning Center. No CEUs will be awarded.

Be a Stronger Professional: Stress Awareness and Resilience
This presentation looks at the mental health, wellness, and addiction issues plaguing the legal profession. Rebecca Bandy explores 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
Timothy Grove introduces or reinforces 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
In this session, clinical social worker Hilary Cobb discusses 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 Awareness Month, 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