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Many lawyers need extra support at some stage during their legal careers. Legal professionals often think it’s a sign of weakness to admit that they have a problem or aren’t coping.
Here we share real stories of people in the legal community who have experienced common concerns: stress, depression, anxiety and alcohol dependence. Each person has openly shared how they recognised they had a problem, the steps they took to seek help, and how they moved on positively.
If you would like to share your story with us email firstname.lastname@example.org
Like most of my friends I enjoyed a drink through my late teens and early twenties, usually at the weekend. I qualified as a psychiatric nurse at 22, and by 25 had moved from Belfast to London to... Read More
I am 46 and a father of three. I am an employment lawyer by training, having been a partner in Jones Day and then Speechly Bircham, where I led the employment team and sat on the firm’s management... Read More
As I moved into my mid 50’s, I felt less secure in my job, which I had – I now see wrongly – come to believe was the bedrock of my existence. This was despite having a happy marriage, great children... Read More
I was working for a firm in Monaghan, and had forged a good career there, spanning 20 years, since I’d first qualified. I started to feel exhausted all the time, mainly because I wasn’t sleeping... Read More
My name is Jonathan de Lance-Holmes and I work for Linklaters LLP as a partner in the Investment Management Group. I have been working for Linklaters LLP for some time. I am married with two children... Read More
Sam Brown, partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, tells us about her experience of returning to work after a mental illness.... Read More
Chris Parsons filmed this video as part of the This is Me campaign.... Read More
Paula Dillon is a highly regarded development and investment lawyer at Womble, Bond and Dickinson with more than 30 years’ experience. She is also a member of the Northern board of the IPF and also... Read More
Caroline Bradley, barrister and LawCare volunteer, on her experiences with stress.... Read More
I suffered with mental health problems throughout my teens and twenties, although these were not properly diagnosed until I reached my 30s. Attitudes to mental health were very different at that time... Read More
I am a Graduate Member of CILEX and all being well am due to submit my application for Fellowship next month. I specialise in Wills, Trusts... Read More
I am a retired solicitor of 35 years experience in general/commercial practice, latterly as a consultant in a national real... Read More
Andrea Brewster, Lead Executive Officer, IP inclusive and LawCare champion tells us how running helps her
I don't run far and I don't run... Read More
I qualified as a solicitor in 1971. I have therefore seen a transition, which has not always been seamless, from a manual typewriter to an... Read More
I have been a volunteer for LawCare since I retired from practising as a self-employed Solicitor Advocate in England and Wales.
My... Read More
Stuart Weedon, former solicitor, barrister and District Judge explains why he volunteers for LawCare as a peer supporter.... Read More
"If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented" Dr Nick Cavill
People who exercise... Read More
I am writing this blog to emphasise the importance of good sleep habits and how poor sleep can be the cause of, not the effect of other... Read More
The interesting thing about mental ill-health is that it often appears as harmless quirks, indistinguishable from a person’s personality.... Read More
I’m a 6ft 3’ 30-year-old man. I grew up in a loving family, studied at a decent Uni and am a solicitor in the City. I’m not shackled by a... Read More
When the Law Society’s Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) reported in April 2017 that the proportion of JLD members reporting ‘severe’ or... Read More
Tuesday, around 6pm: In walks a senior associate to my room and sits down at the chair next to my desk. She says “we’ve just been... Read More
Mental health issues are something that I care very deeply about. I’ve suffered with depression and anxiety on and off throughout my adult... Read More
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