Mental health & the legal profession

Following international mental health day, junior lawyers suffering mental health problems may struggle to ask for support

For those who face anxiety, depression and worse, every day is a mental health day. This includes lawyers in a very big way. Which is why most large and medium-sized law firms have mental health in their sights as part of a well being agenda. in the wake of the International Mental Health Day last week, SA Law's Kelly Pike comments on why it is so important for all employers to keep mental health and stress on the agenda and in particular how legal professionals can be affected: 

"Lawyers are often highly ambitious, carry a lot of responsibility and are perfectionists. Moreover, the hours are regularly long and deadlines are unforgiving - creating an ideal environment to disrupt even the best-balanced personality." Comments Kelly Pike. 

Read more about mental health in The Times article here. 

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