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Firm trains 'first aiders' to protect staff mental health

Firm trains 'first aiders' to protect staff mental health

An insurance law firm has appointed 19 'mental health first aiders' who will provide support and guidance for colleagues. National firm Horwich Farrelly has trained staff to spot the early signs and symptoms of mental ill health and encourage individuals to access professional support of self-help.

The announcement, thought to be the first of its kind by a UK law firm, was timed to coincide with World Mental Health Day, which was given the theme of 'workplace wellbeing'. The firm ran a range of daily activities as part of its first mental health week, offered mindfulness activities and held a coffee morning with the partners to discuss how to address mental health issues.

Awareness of mental health issues affecting the legal sector has grown significantly in recent years. The cross-profession Legal Professions Taskforce was founded in May last year, initiated by the Law Society and driven by LawCare This aims to establish and share best practice across the profession, improve the perception of mental health and wellbeing and address what barriers still exist to people seeking help.

LawCare's helpline received 900 calls last year from solicitors in need - up from 60 in 1997, when it was founded.

Source: Lawgazette

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