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Mental health charity LawCare teams up with Sheffield and Open University academics to launch wellbeing course

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Mental health charity LawCare has teamed up with academics from the University of Sheffield and The Open University to launch a new online course that aims to combat stress in the legal profession.

The charity says ‘Fit For Law’ focuses on helping lawyers develop emotional competency and build professional resilience through a range of interactive activities and videos featuring legal professionals.

The course, which is free and takes between two to four hours to complete, forms part of LawCare’s ongoing project to “promote psychologically and emotionally healthier ways of working within law”.

It is available to everyone studying law or working in the legal profession in the UK and Ireland and could be used as continuing professional development (CPD) in some jurisdictions.

Last year the charity piloted a webchat service aimed at junior lawyers and trainees who, it says, are more likely to seek help online than pick up the phone. It also launched ‘LawCare Champions’, a network of advocates who are committed and passionate about why mental health matters.

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On this latest initiative, Elizabeth Rimmer, CEO of LawCare, said: “We know from our work in supporting lawyers for over 20 years how difficult it is for lawyers to admit they are struggling with the pressures of work — which often leads them to seek help when they are nearing crisis. We want to change this.”

Rimmer, who will be speaking at The Future of Legal Education and Training Conference (LegalEdCon) North in Manchester on 30 January, continued:

“Providing legal professionals with resources to enable them to understand and develop key emotional competencies such as emotional self-awareness, self-reflection and better strategies for emotional self-regulation will equip them more effectively for practice, enhance their wellbeing and potentially reduce levels of stress, anxiety and depression.”

Feeling stressed? You can contact LawCare by calling 0800 279 6888 in the UK.

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Anon

‘emotional self-awareness, self-reflection and better strategies for emotional self-regulation’ shouldn’t just be for coping – it’s what stops people from lashing out at each other in the first place.

Sad that this needs to be taught to adults externally through a charity, rather than being learned at home whilst growing up.

Anonymous

The Bar Wellbeing programme is the most patronising bollocks to anyone who has faced mental health issues. It churns out banal patrician mulch that equates mental health with “resilience” that can be managed with a little spa trip and some time management discipline. Look at the crap in this month’s Counsel magazine. An article that tries to deal with “burn out” by explaining Pareto optimisation to help time management and encouraging people to have less digital distraction and a series of mini articles on going to a flotation tank or getting a personal trainer. Depression, alcoholism etc cannot be dealt with by reducing email distractions or doing what one can do in an expensive gym in Barnes or Hampstead.

Anon

Unfortunately, an unusually high portion of barristers have mental health issues. The profession tends to attract those with mild autism and/or obsessional perfectionism.

Anonymous

There is a correlation between IQ and such conditions. It would be expected.

Now a teacher

I know many barristers with dyspraxia, which can also manifest in having difficulty forming friendships and with mood-regulation

Anon

Dyspraxia is often suffered by those on the autism spectrum.

Anon

Dyspraxia is a physical condition to do with clumsy child syndrome.

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