Many lawyers need extra support at some stage during their legal careers. Legal professionals often think it’s a sign of weakness to admit that they have a problem or aren’t coping.
Here we share real stories of people in the legal community who have experienced common concerns: stress, depression, anxiety and alcohol dependence. Each person has openly shared how they recognised they had a problem, the steps they took to seek help, and how they moved on positively.
You may also like to read our blogs section where we have lots more stories on anxiety, mindfulness, bereavement and more.
Like most of my friends I enjoyed a drink through my late teens and early twenties, usually at the weekend. I qualified as a psychiatric nurse at 22, and by 25 had moved from Belfast to London to... Read More
I am 46 and a father of three. I am an employment lawyer by training, having been a partner in Jones Day and then Speechly Bircham, where I led the employment team and sat on the firm’s management... Read More
As I moved into my mid 50’s, I felt less secure in my job, which I had – I now see wrongly – come to believe was the bedrock of my existence. This was despite having a happy marriage, great children... Read More
I was working for a firm in Monaghan, and had forged a good career there, spanning 20 years, since I’d first qualified. I started to feel exhausted all the time, mainly because I wasn’t sleeping... Read More
My name is Jonathan de Lance-Holmes and I work for Linklaters LLP as a partner in the Investment Management Group. I have been working for Linklaters LLP for some time. I am married with two children... Read More
University often elicits feelings of excitement and anxiety in equal measure: new cities, new friends and new experiences. These are both... Read More
Bereavement often comes up in our helpline calls, often as a secondary strand. Perhaps the caller rang to discuss feeling stressed,... Read More
In the last few years, legal firms and other employers of solicitors have woken up to an untapped recruiting opportunity - the neglected... Read More
Mental Health Week takes place 7-13 October 2018 in Ireland. Former solicitor Michael Williams told us about his experiences in the... Read More
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