Monday, 21 May, 2018

Law Society launches online mental health resource to support legal professionals

More workers ask for mental health help Mental Health a Boardroom Priority for Legal Professionals
Melissa Porter | 16 May, 2018, 17:48

Absenteeism is a growing issue for businesses: approximately 743,000 employees in the United Kingdom have taken long-term absence in the last 12 months due to mental health issues.

"For me it's always been a personal thing, I've always been very open about my own mental health issues and actually all the people here running today I'm sure most people have had something that's gone on, stress, anxiety, feeling down, depressed whatever it may be someone has had it".

Other ways to observe Mental Health Awareness Month are to get a mental health checkup, attend a local community advocacy event, or to get certified in Mental Health First Aid.

Employers taking part in Mind's Workplace Wellbeing Index are aiming to create a culture where staff are encourage to talk openly about their mental health.

The Health and wellbeing at work report, which surveyed 1,000 HR professionals, also found that only 6% of organisations have a standalone health policy, however, 37% of respondents are raising awareness of mental health across the workforce.

"Our research attempted to account for the possible reasons an individual's work conditions could impact their mental health - and this modeling is the most complete ever published."

Dr Emma Tiffin, GP and mental health lead, said: "Whatever the cause of stress in your life, it's important that you tackle it and don't leave it hoping that it'll resolve itself".

She said helping someone who may have a mental health issue is as simple as have a conversation.

This week the department has asked managers to outline available support, including the recently launched Combat Stress 24-hour mental health hotline, while the MoD's internal defence blog will host discussions on stress and resilience.

Some employers go further and prohibit employees from eating lunch at their desks or sending emails out of operating hours.

Many of us don't know how to respond to people when they bring up their mental illness.

The message will be voiced by Lady Gaga, Dame Judi Dench, David Harewood and Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, as well as special guests The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who are all lending their voice to raise awareness of mental health. Exercise releases endorphins while eating well and avoiding too much sugar and caffeine are both helpful strategies to reduce stress. Not only that, as an employer, wanting Bauer to be a great place to do great work, we recognise this growing challenge and the role we must play. Business mogul and billionaire James Packer's recent resignation from his position of director at Crown Resorts is an important example of how mental health issues do not discriminate.

"Lawscot Wellbeing will be a key resource for all of us working in the legal sector to provide information and guidance on the practical steps we can all take to help maintain good mental and emotional health". We believe mental and physical health are of equal importance, which is why we set ourselves a target to match the number of mental and physical first aiders in our organisation.