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Research suggests that at any one time, 1 in 6 employees will experience mental health issues in the UK.

These account for 30-40% of absences from work and as much as 50% of all long-term sick leave cases.

Research suggests that at any one time, 1 in 6 employees will experience mental health issues in the UK. These account for 30-40% of absences from work and as much as 50% of all long-term sick leave cases.

Legal professionals fall within a high-risk group of individuals who are likely to struggle with symptoms of mental ill-health during their professional lives. Many professionals experience stress, anxiety, depression and as a result may have difficulty sleeping, consume excessive alcohol or feel overwhelmed. A report published by the Bar Council in 2015 stated that 1 in 3 lawyers find it difficult to control or stop worrying, 2 in 3 feel that showing signs of stress equals weakness and 59% demonstrated unhealthy levels of perfectionism.

Mental health issues have been exacerbated with the pandemic. There is a growing need to address mental health issues in the workplace in a way that responds sensitively to the needs of employees. It is the right thing to do morally and commercially. Supporting the mental health of employees can reduce turnover rates and improve productivity. Research suggests that investing in mental health screening and intervention for employees delivers four times the return in net profit (Mental Health Foundation, 2016).

Dr Sarah Swan provides bespoke solutions to meet the mental health needs of lawyers in practice. From strategy development, organisation-wide initiatives, workshops and one-to-one sessions, Sarah can help provide the practical support your lawyers need.

For further information and to arrange a free initial call to discuss your firm’s needs, please contact Sarah at sarah@swanconsultancy.co.uk.

Dr Sarah Swan is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience in mental health and addiction. Sarah is able to analyse and formulate your firm’s needs, policies and systems in relation to staff emotional wellbeing.

Sarah has extensive experience in developing and delivering a range of training and therapeutic interventions to raise awareness of mental health issues and to support emotional wellbeing. Examples include awareness and management of stress, depression, anxiety and substance use, working with perfectionism and procrastination and increasing resilience. Sarah’s work is all based on current best-practice evidence.