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Stress and mental health

Working as a law professional can be very stressful, with overwhelming workloads and emotionally challenging cases. There is help if you need it.

If you need urgent help, contact Samaritans

Free helpline: 116 123 (24 hours a day, 365 days a year)

NHS guidance on dealing with a mental health crisis

Managing your workload

It’s easy to feel daunted by a heavy workload. Breaking tasks down and knowing how to delegate can ease the stress and make it feel manageable.

Learning to manage stress

Emotional resilience is our ability to adapt to stressful situations or crises. Our blogs explain how to build emotional resilience:

Improving your wellbeing

Practical tips to help you manage day-to-day stress:

There are also things your firm can do to support employees with stress.

View our guidance on supporting resilience and wellbeing in the workplace

Support organisations

LawCare

Independent, confidential advice for anyone in the legal community, including solicitors and support staff and their families.

Free helpline: 0800 279 6888

Opening times

Monday to Friday: 9am to 5.30pm 

Law Society helpline

You can call our pastoral care helpline 020 7320 5795 if you are experiencing:

  • personal
  • financial
  • professional, or
  • employment difficulties.

We will put you in touch with someone who can help.

Opening times

Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm

Mind

Advice on stress and wellbeing. Contact them to get more support.

Helpline: 0300 123 3393

Text: 86463

Find out about call charges

Email: info@mind.org.uk

Opening times

Monday to Friday: 9am to 6pm

Weekends and bank holidays: closed

Samaritans – Wellbeing in the City

Get skills to manage your emotional health and learn how to look out for others, before they reach crisis point.

Podcast

Mental health, wellbeing and the return to the office (30 minutes) – Law Society education podcast

In this podcast, host Eman Hassan speaks with Elizabeth Rimmer, the CEO of LawCare. They discuss changes in ways of working brought about by the pandemic, and the impact of these changes on mental health and wellbeing. They also share some tips for facing the anxiety around returning to the office. 

Upcoming webinars

Setting yourself up for sustainable success in the legal profession

This series of three 60 minute live webinars is ideal for anyone working in the legal sector who wants to increase their capacity to manage stress, proactively support their mental health and resilience, and cultivate sustainable levels of high performance.

Date: 17, 24 September and 1 October 2021
Time: 12pm to 1pm
Cost: £75
Location: online

Supporting others and creating a mentally-healthy workplace culture

This series of two 90-minute live webinars will help attendees to understand the psychology of high performers and develop effective practices to promote a more positive mental health culture within law firms/organisations, secure boardroom buy-in, and ensure mental health champions and first aiders are being optimally utilised.

Date: 14 and 21 October 2021
Time: 12pm to 1.30pm
Cost: £95
Location: online

Wellbeing and mental health blogs

Lawyers seek a more effective response to increased levels of anxiety post-pandemic

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021: five ways to embrace change

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