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Mental Health Awareness Week pleas for less stress in legal profession

Today is the start of Mental Health Awareness Week and pleas are being made to create positive work environments for all law firms.

The Law Society and charity LawCare are among those calling to reduce levels of stress and burnout.

Almost three in four of those polled in LawCare’s 2021 Life in the Law survey, said they’d experienced mental-ill health in the last year.

Stephanie Boyce, Law Society president I, said: “The onus is often on the individual to fix their mental ill-health. In truth, we have a collective responsibility to make a positive work environment for everyone.

“We need to start talking about how some working practices contribute to an increased risk of poor mental health and how we can work together to change things. Tackling excessive working hours and workloads, as well as ensuring better supervision and support, especially for younger lawyers, are essential.”

Elizabeth Rimmer, chief executive of LawCare, said: “If we could encourage firms and workplaces to do one thing this Mental Health Awareness Week, it would be to work towards providing management training to all supervisors and managers, and free up some of their time so they can regularly catch up with their team members to check in on how they are doing.”

 

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