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The Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society of England and Wales have released the results of their third annual resilience and wellbeing survey, which received over 1,800 responses.
Kayleigh Leonie, a Law Society Council member for the JLD and LawCare trustee, prepared the survey and commented:
’The JLD is overwhelmed by the number of junior lawyers who have responded to this year’s resilience and wellbeing survey. Whilst the number of junior lawyers experiencing negative stress at work remains very high, it is very concerning that one in 15 junior lawyers (6.4%) experienced suicidal thoughts, in the month leading up to taking the survey.
’It is also disappointing to see that the number of junior lawyers experiencing mental ill-health has increased significantly from last year, with nearly half (48%) experiencing mental ill-health in the month leading up to the survey.
’Despite the positive efforts being made by some employers, it is clear that more considered action needs to be taken, to support the wellbeing of junior lawyers in the profession.
’The JLD is very grateful for the support it continues to receive from individuals, firms and other organisations across the legal profession and hopes that we can all work together to tackle these important issues.’
Around half of respondents said that they had experienced mental-ill health (whether formally diagnosed or not) in the month before completing the survey and under 20% of those individuals had made their employer aware of it.
As a result of mental ill-health, one in fifteen respondents stated that they had experienced suicidal thoughts, 74% reported disrupted sleep and just under 60% report a negative impact on their physical health (feeling sick, chest pains).
Over 87% felt that their employer could do more to provide help, guidance and support in relation to mental health in the workplace.
Read the JLD’s best practice guidance for employers on supporting resilience and wellbeing in the workplace
This guidance is currently being reviewed to incorporate the feedback received through the survey and a revised copy will be released later this year.
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