Let's talk

It can be hard to start a conversation with someone about their emotional wellbeing. However if you are worried about someone, try and get them to talk.

It can particularly hard to have personal conversations with colleagues, but you might feel comfortable trying. If not, perhaps your manager or HR colleagues could start a conversation with them. If you are genuinely worried about a colleague, don't just ignore it.

Talk to a professional

There are a range of great helplines that employ professional support staff who are trained to listen to those going through periods of trauma. You might not feel qualified to help, but these organisations are.

At work, encourage your employer to signpost external helplines around common areas. This will help challenge the stigma attached to reaching out for help.

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LawCare

LawCare provides a free, independent and confidential Helpline for legal professionals and their families. They provide access to practical help and support to legal practioners experiencing stress and ill health or facing redundancy and information for those coming back to the profession after a period of maternity or parternity leave.

Breathing Space

Breathing Space aims to provide an alternative and easily accessible ‘first stop’ service; assistance at an early stage in order to stop problems escalating; empathy, understanding and advice through active listening; hope when none exists; direction for those who do not know where to seek help.

Tel: 0800 838587

Samaritans

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Tel: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

LifeLink

A Glasgow based early service which provides support to individuals who have mild to moderate mental health issues covering anxiety, depression, relationship issues and overall low mood and provides support to manage stress. They also offer courses and podcasts.

You can refer yourself to Lifelink or refer a colleague, friend or client.

NHS mental health helplines

Whether you're concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines can offer expert advice.