About the Initiative


Starting the Conversation about Mental Health in the Profession

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Opening Remarks is an Ontario Bar Association (OBA) initiative spearheaded by 2014-15 OBA President Orlando Da Silva, LSM that has made a powerful impact on the legal profession by starting an open conversation about mental health.

Recognizing the unique needs of legal professionals, the OBA’s Opening Remarks has brought mental health issues to the forefront and provided unique mental health supports, strategies and opportunities to talk more about mental health within Ontario's legal community.

Watch past OBA president Orlando Da Silva discuss the OBA Opening Remarks initiative, his experience speaking openly about his own mental health issues and the importance of destigmatizing mental illness in the legal community.