It’s time to talk: the wellbeing gap for Black, Asian and minority ethnic solicitors
Umar Kankiya and Elizabeth Rimmer discuss the challenges faced by Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in talking openly about their mental health and the specific challenges faced by these groups in the context of wellbeing.
As identified in our research, Race for Inclusion, there’s a wellbeing gap between Black, Asian and minority ethnic and White solicitors.
24% of Black, Asian and minority ethnic solicitors surveyed for our research reported experiencing severe stress compared to 18% of White solicitors.
Many also described feeling as though they have no voice due to the lack of “safe” environments to discuss racism and discrimination.
These are just a couple of several contributing factors negatively impacting wellbeing and mental health of Black, Asian and minority ethnic people.
LawCare is an independent charity offering information and support for mental health and wellbeing issues affecting people working within the legal profession.
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Elizabeth is the CEO of LawCare and has been managing and developing charities in the mental health sector for over 20 years.
She joined LawCare in 2014 from the Institute of Group Analysis, a membership and training organisation for group psychotherapists. Before that she headed up Alzheimer’s Disease International, a worldwide federation of Alzheimer Associations.
Elizabeth started her working life as a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence, practicing at Leigh Day.
Umar is a qualified solicitor and communications specialist who regularly advises politicians, corporations and other groups around both diversity and inclusion and wellbeing in the workplace and beyond.
He is able to provide insight into what is happening on the ground from a real perspective and has appeared on platforms such as the BBC, ITV, Sky News, Guardian, Independent newspapers to provide such views.
Umar has over 10 years of experience in mental health, mental capacity community engagement and political engagement.
He regularly participates in speaking engagements with corporations, community groups and public sector organisations especially around mental health and the impact of this particularly in the Black community.