Charity celebrates 25th anniversary this year
Legal mental health charity LawCare has helped over 10,000 legal professionals and support staff since it began in 1997.
The charity, which was initially set up to help solicitors with alcohol problems, has grown to support everyone working in the legal profession on a range of issues from stress to bullying.
Elizabeth Rimmer, Chief Executive of LawCare, said: ‘We are very proud that we have supported over 10,000 people in the legal community since we began 25 years ago, with a small office space in the corner of our first employee Barry Pritchard’s kitchen and a grant from The Law Society of England and Wales. It’s been a difficult couple of years for us all and we continue to offer free, confidential, emotional support to anyone that needs us in the profession, on any issue that is worrying them, no matter how small. In our 25th anniversary year we plan to extend our advocacy work to help change the culture in the law, making it a healthier and happier place to work.’
Table of number of professionals contacting LawCare by year
Last year LawCare provided support to 667 people via 662 phone calls, 119 emails and 50 online chats including providing ongoing peer support to 64 people and funding counselling for 14 people. The most common problems cited were stress (33%), anxiety (13%), depression (10%), bullying (8%) and worries about career development (8%). The number of people contacting LawCare experiencing stress has seen the biggest increase – from 170 people in 2020 to 211 last year – a rise of 24%.
The majority of those who contacted the support service were women (69%). 63% were trainees/pupils, or had been qualified less than five years, and a further 5% were law students.
For LawCare’s full 2021 impact report visit www.lawcare.org.uk/impact
Anyone working in the law including support staff can contact LawCare for free, confidential, emotional support on 0800 279 6888, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lawcare.org.uk