Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing launches mental health whitepaper for the legal sector

To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week (May 18-24 2020 award-winning employee benefits consultants, Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing (Howden) has launched a mental health whitepaper for the legal sector.

Mental health remains a priority for many in the legal sector. It is recognised as a profession where high pressure, large work volumes and long hours are all commonplace. A report from the Law Society of England and Wales[i] revealed that 93% of junior lawyers experienced stress at work and one in 15 junior lawyers experienced suicidal thoughts. Interestingly, 60% thought about taking time off work but only 20% did, and one in five had reached out to their manager for support. But over 87% felt that their employer could do more to provide help, guidance and support in relation to mental health in the workplace.

Adam Riley, Head of Howden’s Legal Sector Practice said: ‘’ Employers of all sizes and in all sectors are alive to the fact that happy and healthy staff are good for business. Increased productivity and loyalty, enhanced performance, reduced employee absence and a positive culture can all be linked to a healthy and supportive workplace.’’

‘’In my experience, employees in the legal sector are often amongst those most in need of effective wellbeing strategies. The legal sector is renowned for being highly pressurised and demanding whilst at the same offering significant financial rewards and a home for some of the brightest talent in our population. Stress is a big factor behind rising mental health problems. During Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re launching this this whitepaper to support law firms.’’

The guide includes the challenges facing legal firms and how employers can address them; absenteeism & presenteeism; how to establish preventative measures and the importance of data in establishing an effective wellbeing strategy.

Law firms can request a free copy of the report from [email protected]