The City

Calls to helpline about bullying and harassment increase

LawCareLast year was the busiest year ever on the LawCare helpline, with calls about bullying and harassment nearly doubling.

The legal mental health charity, which runs a helpline for the legal profession offering emotional support, dealt with 932 calls in 2018 from 624 callers, a 5% increase on the number of calls in 2017.

The most common reason for calling was stress (26%), followed by depression (19%) and anxiety (11%). Calls about bullying and harassment have risen from 38 calls in 2017 to 68 last year.

The majority of callers to the helpline were women (64%) and 48% were trainees/pupils or had been qualified five years or fewer.

Other issues included concerns about disciplinary proceedings (8%), career development (9%), chronic illness, alcohol and drugs, and relationship issues.

If you need to talk to someone in confidence, call the LawCare helpline on 0800 279 6888 or visit the LawCare website for more information.

All calls are confidential and answered by staff and volunteers with first-hand experience of working in the law. LawCare also runs a peer support programme offering one-to-one peer support.

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