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JLD resilience and wellbeing survey report 2018

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Over 82 per cent of respondents reported either regularly or occasionally feeling stressed in the month before completing the survey with 26 per cent of those individuals being severely/extremely stressed.

Over 82 per cent of respondents reported either regularly or occasionally feeling stressed in the month before completing the survey with 26 per cent of those individuals being severely/extremely stressed.

For the purpose of the survey, stress was defined as being under too much emotional or mental pressure.

The survey showed that the key stress factors for junior lawyers are high workload, client demands/expectations, lack of support and ineffective management. 83 per cent of respondents said that their firm could do more to support stress at work.

Kayleigh Leonie, the JLD’s Council member at the Law Society prepared the survey and commented that “the legal profession still has a long way to go to alleviate the stigma relating to mental ill-health. The JLD hopes that the work it is doing will help to reduce the stigma and encourage organisations to foster good mental health. The JLD released guidance for employers in February 2018 which encourages organisations to adopt a more proactive and inclusive approach to mental health. The guidance is split into three core pillars: (1) education/training, (2) support and (3) culture.

Mental health in the workplace

Over 38 per cent of respondents said that they had suffered with a mental health problem in the month before completing the survey and under 18 per cent of those individuals had made their employer aware of it. Over 55 per cent of those suffering with a mental health problem said that they had considered taking time off work but did not, with over 64 per cent stating that it caused them to experience problems in their family life and relationships.

Over 80 per cent felt that their organisation could do more to provide help, guidance and support in relation to mental health in the workplace.

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The JLD is acutely aware of the pressure that our members are under and if any of members would like support in relation to stress or other related conditions, please contact Law Care in confidence for more information.

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