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LawCare

We are a proud supporter of LawCare, a charity that has for over 20 years developed a legal community valuing mental health and wellbeing. To do this, they: provide support via a dedicated helpline; raise awareness through training; and produce research on the impact of the practice of law on mental health.

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Upcoming Events

Wellbeing Studying & Working in Law

Wednesday, 26th January 18:00 - 18:45

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Perfectionism, Imposter Syndrome, Burn-out & being a lawyer

Wednesday, 16th March

Speaker: Mary B Jackson, Director of Training/Education

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LawCare Resources

CSH would like to extent a huge thank you to the LawCare team for compiling the below resources:

Five Ways To Wellbeing (New Economics Foundation)

The New Economics Foundation identified five key actions which can influence personal wellbeing. As you read through these consider your current situation and think about how they apply to you.

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Mindfulness can help us develop self-compassion and compassion for others. It also reduces the likelihood of experiencing acute stress, depression, chronic anxiety or addition.

 

  • Try to breathe more deeply

  • Focus on your awareness of where you are and what you are experiencing

  • Remind yourself that this will pass

 

Mindfulness courses are widely available. Two run by lawyers are www.practicalmeditation.co.uk and

www.solephilosophy.co.uk

 

There are also apps such as www.calm.com and www.headspace.com and books including Mindfulness: Finding peace in a frantic world  by Mark Williams & Danny Penman or the humorous and insightful Sane New World: Taming the Mind by Ruby Wax

Mindfulness

 LawCare: the charity that supports and promotes good mental health and wellbeing in the legal community

Male Mental Health

Remember that LawCare is here to help you via our free, confidential helpline (9-5.00 Mon-Fri 0800 279 6888) (www.lawcare.org.uk) and live chat via our website www.lawcare.org.uk).

 

You can also email us in confidence via our website.  We have a wealth of material available and it is being updated regularly.  You may find the legal podcast particularly useful.

SPARK

SPARK is a self-reflective tool to prevent excessive stress and burnout. Something to keep for the future perhaps?

Self-Reflection
Prevention
Assessment
Resilience

Kindness

Resilience

Brené Brown (check out her TED talks) says that resilient people:

 

  • are resourceful and have good problem-solving skills

  • are more likely to seek help

  • hold the belief that they can do something that will help them manage their feelings and cope

  • have social support available to them

  • are connected to others such as family and friends.

Sleep

In his book, Why We Sleep, Matthew Walker suggested the following tips for getting a good night’s sleep:

  • Stick to a sleep schedule

  • Exercise, but ideally not later than 2-3 hours before bedtime

  • Avoid caffeine/nicotine, or cut down

  • Don’t have alcoholic drinks before bedtime

  • Try not to have large meals and beverages late at night

  • If possible avoid medicines that disrupt or delay sleep

  • Don’t take naps after 3pm

  • Relax before bed but NOT by checking email; listening to music or reading is preferable

  • Take a hot bath; it helps you slow down and feel sleepy

  • Have a dark, cool, gadget-free bedroom

  • Have the right sunlight exposure; get outside for at least 30 minutes a day

  • If you can’t sleep don’t lie in bed awake; get up and do something

FUTURE PLANS when you join your law firm

Don’t forget when you get into your law firm to join the Junior Lawyers’ Division (JLD)

 

https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/topics/junior-lawyers

 

Also that once you become a trainee you are eligible (subject to financial criteria)  to make an application to our Additional Support Fund (ASF).

Additionally, the JLD are hosting a seminar on the 1st of March, 2022, between 5:30 - 6:30 PM on avoiding burnout. More information HERE.