LawCare is an independent charity that provides support and information for anyone in the legal community who is feeling the pressure of work or study, experiencing relationship or financial problems, coping with illness, dependency, bereavement, anxiety or depression.
Their free emotional support is not just limited to practitioners, but is available to staff and their families.
LawCare offers a confidential support service, with helpline calls, emails and webchats answered by trained staff and volunteers who have first-hand experience of working in the law. They also have a network of peer supporters, a variety of factsheets and other resources on their website, and can offer training on mental health and wellbeing.
The independent service is financially supported by legal professional bodies across the UK and Ireland, including the Law Society of Scotland.
LawCare can provide tailored presentations for firms and organisations, available for a small donation to the charity. This can help provide information to colleagues of the support available from LawCare, as well as providing mental health awareness among your business.
For details, contact Trish McLellan the Scotland and Northern Ireland LawCare coordinator: Tmclellan@lawcare.org.uk
Visit www.lawcare.org.uk or call 0800 279 6888
Fit for Law is a cross-jurisdictional free learning resource on emotional competence and professional resilience, developed for legal professionals in the UK and Ireland by The Open University and The University of Sheffield in collaboration with LawCare.
The course was developed with evidence from focus groups of legal professionals and focuses on managing and understanding emotions and stress and developing healthy working practices.
It takes under 4 hours in total to complete in small chunks and includes videos from legal professionals discussing wellbeing issues as well as a range of interactive activities.