There is growing awareness that the mental heath and wellbeing of the legal community needs greater recognition, and organisations across the legal community are taking positive action to raise awareness and develop support.
LawCare has spearheaded the creation of The Legal Professions Wellbeing Taskforce in England and Wales and Legal Wellbeing Scotland. These initiatives bring together representatives of legal professional, regulatory and membership bodies as well as legal education providers. They facilitate joint working across the legal community to identify areas for collaboration in raising awareness about mental health and wellbeing and sharing best practice and resources.
The Legal Professions Wellbeing Taskforce in England and Wales was launched in May 2016 with the aims of identifying areas where collaboration will be beneficial; identifying mechanisms for establishing and sharing best practice; identifying how to improve the perception of mental health and well-being, and addressing stigma as a barrier to accessing support.
The Taskforce has representation from 15 organisations: LawCare,The Law Society, The Bar Council, SRA, CILEx, CILEx Regulation, the Law Society’s Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, the University of Law, BPP, Newcastle University, City Mental Health Alliance, Linklaters, Junior Lawyers’ Division of the Law Society and the Bar Standards Board.
Legal Wellbeing Scotland was launched in June 2016, bringing together 19 representatives from a range of legal professional and educational establishments Driven by LawCare and the Law Society of Scotland, other members include Scottish Young Lawyers Association, Trainee and Newly Qualified Society Scotland, Society of Law Accountants in Scotland, Scottish Paralegal Association, Burness Paull, Pinsent Masons, Adams Law Blairgowrie, Grieve Grierson Moodie & Walker, FDA Procurators Fiscal section, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, Midlothian Council, Edinburgh University Counselling Services, Faculty of Advocates, Jack Grant & Co, Hamilton Ross Solicitors, Brodies Solicitors, and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
The goal of Legal Wellbeing Scotland is to promote improved mental health and wellbeing in the Scottish legal profession, by raising awareness and providing best practice solutions.
The links below are to legal community resources on mental health and wellbeing. Three are UK based, and the Tristan Jepsen Memorial Foundation is an Australian organisation dedicated to improving legal workplace wellbeing.