The data is clear, we need to put mental wellbeing at the heart of legal culture if we want the industry to thrive, says Pete Riddleston

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that 17.5m sick days were taken last year for mental health conditions, including stress, depression and anxiety – a figure which has been rising year on year. While this suggests a greater openness around mental health, there remains a stigma despite the body of evidence showing that mental wellbeing is key to performance.

You will know that working in the legal profession can affect your stress levels for at least some of the time. Research by Lexis Nexis shows a third of solicitors experiencing high levels of stress, with 75 per cent saying that mental wellbeing is a major issue for the profession. This echoes the words of the Stevenson/Farmer review into workplace mental ...

Pete Riddleston
Learning and Quality Director
LawNet Limited

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