Circular No. 20/16: Talk by Dr Sivakumar Thurairajasingam on 24 June 2016

  1. Mental Illness – The Effect of Stress
  2. Stress Management

As lawyers, listening to and resolving the problems of others is primarily our job. And I am not only referring to the litigators. Our friends doing conveyancing have their fair share of resolving disputes.

Add to that, aiding, abetting, counselling and procuring and you have all the ingredients for a potful of health problems, the worst of these being stress related issues.

Runner lawyers have the added stress of certain parties having a bad case of kleptomania and “accidentally” (pun intended) taking their clients, clients having amnesia and forgetting which firm they had engaged and of course, the one that takes the cake, the Defendant in your paralysis case not having insured his car.

The Building, House, Library and Members’ Welfare Sub-Committee is organising a talk on stress management and the effect of stress on our mental health.

The Befrienders of Johor Bahru are also joining us to give us their input on this issue. We will also be conducting a “depression” screening so we may be able to perceive symptoms of mental illness. Seriously friends, it is important for us to recognise if we or our loved ones or our brethren at the Bar are displaying any symptoms that may indicate a serious, underlying mental issue.

About the speaker: Dr. Sivakumar joined Monash University Malaysia on 1st August 2006 as a Lecturer. He obtained his MBBS from the University of Mangalore, India (1994) and then went on to complete his Master in Medicine in Psychiatry in 2002, at the University Sains Malaysia. He has served in the medical field for the past 10 years at the Kota Bharu General Hospital, University Sains Malaysia in Kubang Kerian, and Hospital Permai. He previously served as Head of the Substance Abuse Unit, Hospital Permai, Coordinator of the Psychiatry Research Unit at Hospital Permai and also as the State Coordinator of the National Methadone Maintenance Programme. His special interests are in the field of Psychiatry Research and Drug and Alcohol Treatment/Research.

The details are as follows:

Date 24th June 2016 (Friday)
Time 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. (Including Q&A Session)
Venue Level 1, Abdullah A. Rahman Auditorium
Johore Bar Building
No. 5 Jalan Tun Abdul Razak
Susur 1/1 80000 Johor Bahru
Attendance FREE

Refreshments will be served. Kindly complete the Reply Slip attached and returned it to the Johore Bar Secretariat by fax on or before Tuesday, 21st June 2016.


Meneka Kanasmoorthy
Building, House, Library & Members’s Welfare
Circular No. 20-16 Talk by Dr Sivakumar Thurairajasingam (24 June 2016)

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