To mark World Mental Health Day 2021 on Sunday, 10 October, we are encouraging all members of the profession to undertake See Me's free mental health training, to help more people talk openly about their mental health and reduce the stigma and discrimination that surrounds this often-invisible illness.
A great amount of work has been done within the Scottish legal profession on mental health and wellbeing. We are seeing more firms introduce wellbeing policies and flexible working, joining the Mindful Business Charter, and simply encouraging open discussions.
Yet, more still needs to be done. Our research in 2019 made it clear that legal professionals felt they had a lack of training and understanding when it came to mental health and wellbeing. Almost two-thirds of respondents felt training for managers would be beneficial to improve workplace culture and 54% said the same for staff training.
That's why we want to encourage all members of the legal profession - managers and staff - to undertake See Me’s free, comprehensive e-learning programme about how mental health stigma and discrimination affects people at work, to help you understand your role in building a positive culture. See Me is Scotland's programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination, and is funded by the Scottish Government and run by SAMH and The Mental Health Foundation.
The training is open to all managers and staff, and will teach you about rights and good practice at every stage of your working life – from recruitment, to when in work and when returning to work following a period of ill-health. It will also show you ways to support employees and colleagues to create a working environment where people feel safe and able to talk openly about mental health.
The training is free to undertake and can be used towards CPD.
Head to the link below to start See Me's e-training programme today.
Please note: When registering for the e-learning programme through the Law Society of Scotland, please input the following when adding what firm or organisation you are from: ‘See Me/Law Society/[Add your organisation or firm name here]’.
"This is an excellent, practical resource for managers. The incorporation of lived experience video clips brings authenticity to the training, clearly illustrating how significantly the approach of managers and the manner in which they handle conversations can impact those experiencing mental health issues."
"This was a great resource for managers or seniors to learn how to approach the difficult conversations with employees and colleagues. You learn a lot about essential skills for working in a stressful environment and being able to talk about mental health in the workplace. In my view, it is essential CPD for managers, to ensure that they get the best performance from their team."