I love being part of an institution that plays such a big role in peoples’ day-to-day lives”

Gemma Nugent, Sound Legal, on the challenges of being a sole-practitioner.

Now, I love being part of an institution that plays such a big role in peoples’ day-to-day lives, which is at the core of my commercial law practice.

I grew up in the country and it is important to me that my kids experience all the parts of WA that I love so much.

I very consciously seek out opportunities for connection with legal practitioners and other like-minded professionals, which has led to the development of many wonderful friendships.

I wish more lawyers understood that being human, including the experience of mental health issues, is not a sign of weakness and need not be swept under the carpet.

Mental Health Week runs from 6–12 October 2019, but we think every week is Mental Health Week.

Collegiality is best on show when we support each other through our challenges. When you can, reach out to your colleagues.

If you wish to speak to someone about your own mental health, you can contact LifeLine on 13 11 14 or LawCare on 1300 687 327. Or you can reach out to The Piddington Society and we can help you where we can.

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