9 January 2020

Combat stress with this online resource

Legal mental health and wellbeing charity LawCare and academics at the University of Sheffield and The Open University have launched a new free online resource on emotional competency and professional resilience for the legal community.

The School of Law, Bartholomew House

The interactive resource, Fit for Law, is part of an on-going project to promote psychologically and emotionally healthier ways of working within law and was developed based on evidence from focus groups with legal professionals across the UK. The course takes 2-4 hours to complete but is broken down into smaller sections, and includes videos from legal professionals discussing wellbeing issues as well as a range of interactive activities.

Elizabeth Rimmer, CEO of LawCare, said: “We know from our work in supporting lawyers for over 20 years how difficult it is for lawyers to admit they are struggling with the pressures of work, which often leads them to seek help when they are nearing crisis. We want to change this. Providing legal professionals with resources to enable them to understand and develop key emotional competencies such as emotional self-awareness, self-reflection and better strategies for emotional self-regulation is one way in which to equip them more effectively for practice, enhance their wellbeing and potentially reduce levels of stress, anxiety and depression.”

Dr Emma Jones of the University of Sheffield said: “The course being launched focuses on “Managing and Understanding Yourself“ and offers legal professionals practical tips, based on sound evidence, to assist them in developing healthier working practices to enhance their wellbeing. We are also developing a further course on 'Working with Others' and a tool kit for employers, to encourage positive organisational and cultural change in the legal workplace.”

The resources are available to everyone studying law or working in the legal profession in the UK and Ireland and could be used as CPD in some jurisdictions. For more information visit lawcare.org.uk or lawcare.ie.

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