World mental health day: mental health for all

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day each year on 10 October. This year's theme is 'mental health for all'.

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic impacting us all, the mental health and wellbeing of many individuals across any stage of life has been challenged.

In March 2020 we surveyed a proportion of our membership on what type of support they would like to see from us. Support on mental health was amongst the highest requested support.

So how have we responded to this?

At the beginning of the pandemic we put together a dedicated mental health and wellbeing page under our COVID-19 resources. This page consists of useful resources such as podcasts, guides and details for support lines and services.

To make it more accessible for our members, we separated the resources into two sections:

  • support for practitioners
  • support for our members

With a move towards a second lockdown, we're working hard to ensure that we work with our partners to offer support during these unprecedented times.

LawCare

For over 20 years we've supported LawCare, a charity that promotes and supports good mental health and wellbeing in the legal community.

During the pandemic, LawCare produced a number of resources tailored at supporting the legal community. This support included a webinar on compassion and leadership in partnership with us, tips for parents and support for those going through redundancy.

See a full list of the support provided by LawCare

Lawcare have launched a ground-breaking research study looking at the impact of work culture and working practices on the wellbeing of legal professionals.

As part of the study, they have launched a survey open to anyone working in the legal industry, including support staff across the UK, Ireland, ROI, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

The results will form the basis of an academic paper and will be announced next year.

Take the survey

Over the upcoming months, we'll be working with key stakeholders to continue to support the mental health and wellbeing of the legal profession.

We'll also be sharing case studies of firms and organisations who have positively responded to lockdown.

To share your legal case study with us, email sarah.alonge@lawsociety.org.uk.

Additional resources

If you've not done so already, download our free guidance, Supporting wellbeing in the workplace: Guidance for best practice. This covers best practice for safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of employees in the workplace. It's relevant to firms of all sizes. Specific recommendations are included for different sizes of firm.

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