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Useful research on mental heath and the legal profession

Read our Life in the Law research study here (2020/21)

American Bar Association study on prevalence of substance use and other mental health issues in lawyers (2016) 

What makes lawyers happy Florida State University College of Law (2015)

Courting the blues - report by Minds Count in Australia (2009)

Lawyers and the Pursuit of Happiness - Keystone Law (2016)

Junior Lawyers Division Resilience and Wellbeing survey (2018)

Mind research - half of all workers have experienced poor mental health (2018)

Protectivity Stress in the UK survey (2019)

Junior Lawyers Division Resilience and Wellbeing survey (2019)

Bellwether Report 2019: Stress in the Legal Profession (2019)

Us Too? IBA report on sexual harassment and bullying (2019)

Anxiety and Wellbeing Amongst Junior Lawyers: A Research Study by Professor Richard Collier (2019)

IP Inclusive/CIPA/CITMA mental wellbeing survey (2019)

Legal Week Job Satisfaction Survey (2019)

Health & Safety at Work Summary Statistics (2019)

Poor mental health costs UK employers up to £45 billion a year (Deloitte, 2020)

The status of mental health stigma and discrimination in the Scottish legal profession (The Law Society of Scotland/See Me, 2020)

The Mosaic Mood Index 2020

The Changing Face of the Legal Profession: Conversations about Diversity and Inclusion (Wesleyan Foundation, April 2020)

IBA releases interim survey results on wellbeing in the legal profession (April 2021)

Resolution: Wellbeing in Family Law (May 2021)

Mental Health and Race at Work (CMHA/Lloyds Banking Group June 2021)

Wellbeing at the Bar Barristers’ Working Lives/Wellbeing Research (2021)

IBA report: Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Legal Profession (October 2021)

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Your Stories 

Real stories of people in the legal community who have experienced stress, depression, anxiety and more.

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    How I coped with anxiety

    "I felt really unwell – heart rate rising, breathing out of control, nausea, and an overwhelming desire to get out of the car."

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  • Catherine Hart

    Recovering from post-natal depression

    " I suffered post-natal depression after both births, and this was particularly severe after my son’s birth, which led to an admission to hospital."

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  • Paul

    How I coped with alcohol dependence

    "In my late 20s I crashed a car and was banned from driving. My occasional forgetfulness had become regular blackouts during which I lost many hours at a time. At times I suspected what everyone else now realised: I was an alcoholic."

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  • Jonathan Photo 2

    How I coped with stress

    "I collapsed in the office mid-deal, suffering from exhaustion."

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