Monday, April 13, 2020

A MENTAL health service has been launched for Laois solicitors during the coronavirus emergency.

The new ‘LegalMind’ service, launched on Thursday 9 April, aims to help solicitors cope with work-related stress and is available during and after the Covid-19 crisis.

Solicitors and their dependants can attend therapy sessions online, via video and by phone. Face-to-face therapy sessions will be available once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

The service, launched by the Law Society of Ireland (LSI), will offer low-cost support to solicitors in Laois and across the country. The independent, confidential service is accessible to solicitors and their dependants at any time of the day or night.

Launching the new service, LSI president Michele O’Boyle said supports for mental health have never been more important than during the current pandemic.

She said: “We are currently experiencing challenging and unprecedented times. It is important now, more than ever, to check in on our wellbeing. LegalMind aims to do that by supporting mental health and resilience in the legal community.”

The initiative was developed in response to a study of the solicitors’ profession, where over half of respondents said they experienced stress at work.

Ms O’Boyle commented: “We need to protect our own wellbeing, manage our resilience and seek out help when needed. We cannot be there for our families, friends, colleagues or clients if our own mental health is not in check.”

She added that people have different thresholds for stress and strain and it is natural to feel competing emotions, particularly when they are out of their comfort zone and daily routine. She said: “It is human to seek help and to talk with a mental health professional about any worries or emotions that you might have. The Law Society wants to remove the stigma surrounding mental health in the profession, by facilitating access to modern supports.”

Solicitors and their dependants can access ‘in-the-moment’ 24/7 phone support with a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist. This professional will talk through any personal or professional issues and help them decide if they should avail of further supports.

The first appointment is free of charge, with reduced fees for further therapeutic appointments. There are three levels of supports: preventative supports such as talk therapy, early intervention supports for members facing more complex issues and treatment and response supports for members experiencing a mental health crisis.

The support service is available through the LSI hub www.lawsociety.ie/LegalMind. It includes an online portal and app, which combines information and content such as podcasts, videos, guidelines and articles on physical wellness, wellbeing, mental health, and wellbeing events. ​

 

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By By Carmel Hayes
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