Lawyer Jason Ward talks candidly about substance abuse and mental health issues to help others
Special Advocate Podcast episode out now
High profile Lindsay lawyer Jason Ward, who recently stepped away from practicing law at Wards Lawyers, has come forward to speak openly with the Advocate Podcast about the struggles that pushed him to the brink of his professional and personal life.
Ward first spoke with the Canadian Bar Association’s podcast but wanted to tell his story locally, too. In a special episode of The Advocate Podcast: Stories from Kawartha Lakes, host Denis Grignon sits down for a frank discussion with Ward who doesn’t hold back from talking about his alcoholism, his challenge with legal drugs, and his anxiety about ever returning to practice law — at least yet.
Just under a year ago Ward left the law firm, poised to run for mayor in last November’s election. But he dropped out of the race early, telling the Advocate last March that giving everything to Wards Lawyers over the years came “at a personal price.”
“As it turns out, in my own journey, I neglected one, important thing, my own mental health and wellbeing.”