This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and various initiatives and reports about mental health in the legal profession have been announced this week.
In an excellent Solicitors Journal article that is really worth a read, Matt Rogers writes about insights from lawyers, law firms and support organisations. The statistics are alarming: "Research from the Law Society show that 95 per cent of lawyers experience 'negative stress' in their jobs, while 17 per cent say it is 'extreme'. In 2015 LawCare, the charity that provides support to the legal community, received 907 calls from lawyers with health problems. Some 30 per cent related to workplace stress and 20 per cent for depression."
It's an issue that isn't going to go away, and it's crucial that lawyers (and indeed anyone) are able to be open about the mental health issues that they face. The moving video below of former City solicitor Lauren Giblin talking about her own experiences is only one person's story, but it will no doubt resonate with many.
If you are struggling to cope with stress, depression, or addiction, you can call LawCare's free and confidential helpline on 0800 279 6888: 9am-7.30pm during the week; 10am-4pm on weekends and bank holidays.