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Speak up about stress

With Mental Health Awareness Week right around the corner, Brogan Solomon says it is time to take control of daily stress

17 March 2015

In 2012 LawCare conducted a survey of 1,000 lawyers on their levels of stress. The findings showed that over 50 per cent of those questioned felt stressed and 19 per cent were suffering with clinical depression.

In 2013 the Law Society interviewed 2,226 solicitors in relation to stress at work. Of those interviewed, 95 per cent said they were stressed, with 16 per cent saying their stress was ‘extreme’ or ‘severe’. In 2014, 36 per cent of UK callers seeking advice from LawCare about stress-related issues were below five years qualified (7 per cent of these being trainees in England and Wales).

It is clear from these statistics that stress at work is a big problem for the legal profession. And, of course, these statistics only show the tip of the iceberg, with many avoiding help and fearing it is a sign of weakness. But the taboo surr...

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