This is a particularly vulnerable time for people to develop or have aggravated symptoms of mental health issues like anxiety, stress and depression. It's particularly important therefore, that we look after ourselves and others.

We will continue to update this section of the website over the coming weeks with links to support, campaigns and resources.

Follow the hashtag #LawscotWellbeing on social media to join our online community, to see stories, advice and ideas shared by the legal profession.

Free helpline for the legal profession

LawCare's free and confidential helplines are open as normal during the coronavirus outbreak, to support everyone working in the law.

Coronavirus advice links

SAMH has collated links to various sources providing advice and support to help you look after your mental health during this time.

Tips to look after your mental health

The Mental Health Foundation has published guidance on looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.
Communicating with others

In these unprecedented times, it's important to continue to have conversations about mental health.

We are all having to practise social distancing, while some of us are isolating ourselves entirely. More time with partners and children brings different challenges to being alone; even the change of routine in itself can be difficult.

We all need to give consideration to everyone's unique changes in circumstance and try to be as supportive as possible.

Homeworking

Many in the profession are having to adopt different ways of working during social distancing measures, including homeworking.

We would like your input to grow our bank of tips, resources and advice for maintaining your wellbeing while working at home. You can follow the hashtag #LawscotWellbeing on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram for more information.

Mindfulness

Taking time out to give your brain a rest from the pressures of work, or the unabating news on the coronavirus pandemic, is really important. It is one of the positive ways to improve your mental health to help focus, sleep and general wellbeing. Mindfulness is one of the practical tools you can use to achieve the state of rest and relaxation your brain needs.

The importance of eating well

Eating well is essential and helps maintain both physical and mental wellbeing. Particularly during a time of increased stress and anxiety, we need to try to eat foods that will keep our immune system functioning well and our mood positive.

Looking after your gut is particularly important, as a high proportion (around 70%) of our entire immune system is in our gut. Ensuring you stay hydrated is one of the most basic things you can do to keep your digestive system healthy, but make sure you are choosing the right drinks (e.g. limit your intake of caffeinated, sugary or alcoholic drinks). The NHS also advises limiting fat, ensuring you eat enough fibre and avoiding any foods that cause you inflammation and digestive issues as an individual.

It's tempting to reach for treats when we feel like we are under duress to give us a short-term hit of serotonin. However, ultimately they can make us feel more lethargic, undo some of the positve effects of healthy food, or become more than a one-off. Slipping into an unhealthy routine is easy, especially when we're working outside our normal schedule. Perhaps try to limit snacks, or avoid rewarding yourself every day with an alcoholic drink.

The links below contain a variety of information on eating well during the coronavirus, as well as general good practice and recipe ideas.

Supporting the community

There are lots of ways that you can help others who may be isolated in your community. Check message boards, social media groups and local news sources to see if you could volunteer to support someone who is feeling vulnerable. However, ensure you follow the UK Government's guidelines to keep yourself and others safe.

Coronavirus update

We are closely monitoring official advice and updates from Scottish Government and NHS to ensure that we are acting in accordance with the latest guidance to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, members and stakeholders.