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Lawyer wellbeing from a new perspective

Are employers doing enough to support good mental health in the workplace, asks Kayleigh Leonie

10 May 2017

Mental Health Awareness Week has taken place annually since 2000 and this year runs from 8-14 May. This year, the Mental Health Foundation is looking at mental health from a new angle, seeking to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health, instead of asking why so many people are living with mental health problems.

Earlier this year, the Junior Lawyers Division undertook a survey to obtain data on the resilience and wellbeing of junior lawyers with several questions focussing on mental health. Over 200 members responded and the resulting findings raised some extremely concerning questions.

Over 25 per cent of respondents said they had suffered with a mental health problem in the last month with only 23 per cent of those having told their employer. None of the male respondents whom had suffered from a mental health problem told their employer, suggesting a ...

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