- Survive or thrive—promoting mental health across the legal profession
- Can you explain LawCare’s background, who you provide support to and what services you offer?
- What are the key issues that people contact you about and have these changed over the last five years?
- Are you seeing a change in the age, background, gender or professional background of those contacting you?
- The Mental Health Foundation stresses that ‘good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem’. How important are campaigns like MHAW, which the foundation has run since 2000?
- Is the issue of mental health being addressed effectively in the legal profession?
- What more would you like to see law firms, chambers and in-house legal teams do to ensure their lawyers feel able to seek help?
- According to a recent survey, one in four junior lawyers said they experienced ‘severe’ stress levels at work. More than 90% said they experienced some stress, with more than a third saying they had made mistakes because of overwork. Should there be more training for managers and supervisors?
- What should be done to help students and trainees who may feel very vulnerable?
- The young royals have been talking about their issues around mental health. How important is that people in the legal profession share their experiences?
- What message do you want to get out to lawyers and those they work with about mental health and wellbeing?
- What are the best resources for lawyers seeking help?
Practice Management analysis: This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), which runs from 8–14 May, will be exploring the difference between ‘surviving or thriving’. Elizabeth Rimmer, CEO of LawCare, says there is still significant stigma about mental health in the legal profession which stops people seeking help.
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