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Mental health matters in the legal community

Elizabeth Rimmer explains the importance of being aware of mental health issues among lawyers and the steps firms can take to create healthier and more supportive working environments

14 March 2017

We all have mental health, just as we have physical health. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing, and affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health issues range from the worries we all experience as part of everyday life to serious long-term conditions. It can be easy to dismiss mental health problems as something that happens to other people, but research shows that one in four of us will experience them each year. And the legal community is no exception.

Many legal professionals are reluctant to talk openly about mental health in the workplace, for fear that they may be perceived as weak or not coping with the demands of their role. At LawCare, we know that talking is an important first step in changing the way we think and act about mental health. We want to get the l...

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