A place to talk

A core group of solicitors in Scotland have set up a wellbeing group for men in the legal profession to help remove the stigma around men’s mental health and start conversation.

It is no secret that the legal profession can be a stressful environment. Constant competition, long hours and pressure to meet targets/ deadlines. Add to the mix, men being reluctant to talk about their mental health, this can lead to concerning mental health struggles. Facts show us;

  • men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women.
  • suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 50.
  • in addition, men are far more likely than women to go missing, sleep rough, become dependent on alcohol and use drugs frequently.

Well, now it’s time to change that. This is a community group for men to have a chat. Whether you need to vent your frustration, have a laugh, or simply have a conversation with someone, this group is open to you.

"We want to end the stigma around mental health"

“This group can be anything that you want it to be. Whilst we will have a theme for each meeting, it is intended to be a safe space for men to express how they feel, how they have overcome difficult situations in the past and generally be a helpful place to chat to others who will understand where you are coming from. We want to end the stigma around mental health but also have a focus on how we can improve all aspects of our lives and wellbeing. The meetings will be very informal and allow you to just be you with no pressure and no judgment throughout. Wellbeing is something that I am extremely passionate about and a community like this will go a long way to address any issues that we experience or have experienced in our lives. Most importantly, the group will get us talking, which is absolutely key to addressing the alarming statistics surrounding men’s mental health. Come and join us!” 
(James McFarlane, Burness Paull LLP)

Get involved

There is no set agenda to these meetings and no information will be shared. It quite simply is a safe place to talk. You can register and attend however many meetings you like. It is entirely up to you.

To find out more or to sign up, please email James.McFarlane@burnesspaull.com

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