For many lawyers, last year was challenging, isolating and often lonely. 

It’s normal to occasionally feel lonely, especially when our contact with friends, family and colleagues has been curtailed.

But long-term loneliness is associated with a greater risk of certain mental health problems, including depression, anxiety and increased stress.

According to the Mental Health Foundation longitudinal study early last year, young people aged 18 to 24 were most likely to experience loneliness since lockdown began.

Before the first lockdown, 16 per cent said they felt lonely.

Since then, young people are almost three times more likely to have experienced loneliness, with almost half (44 per cent) feeling...

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