Creating mentally healthy legal workplaces
The legal profession has unique challenges for staff mental health - but there's a strong business case for addressing that. This short booklet outlines the issues and is full of tips for supporting staff and changing the culture.
The legal profession has unique challenges for staff wellbeing. Poor mental health is a risk not just for individuals but for companies, as it can lead to worse outcomes or compromise the careful decision-making lawyers are required to do. So, there’s a strong business case, as well as a moral one, for considering staff mental health. This short booklet outlines the issues and is full of tips for supporting staff and changing the culture. It includes:
- statistics around mental health in the workplace;
- developing mental health policies;
- getting senior leaders involved and committed;
- embedding wellbeing into the organisational culture;
- raising awareness among colleagues;
- encouraging a healthy work/life balance, and the benefits of flexible working;
- investing in learning and development;
- encouraging mentoring and peer support;
- providing good supervision;
- tips for talking about mental health with a colleague;
- places to go for further help.
It’s a comprehensive but accessible starting point – and is a part ofto help you take things further.