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08 April 2024

Wellbeing support launched for solicitors and staff

The importance of good mental health and wellbeing have been highlighted with the launch of a new initiative aimed at supporting members of the legal profession and their support staff in Northern Ireland.

The new Wellbeing initiative has been launched by the Law Society of Northern Ireland and aims to provide its members with access to practical and accessible information from a range of leading organisations offering guidance and support on mental health issues.

The Society have updated their Wellbeing Toolkit, an interactive digital support document which provides comprehensive information on issues impacting mental health as well as signposting to relevant organisations who can provide professional help and support.

The Society intends to use the digital Toolkit as a resource which can be updated with new information, guidance, and updates when needed.

It is hoped that the Toolkit will be of practical benefit to individuals and firms and will contribute towards continuing the important and vital conversations to reduce the stigma around mental health issues and to encourage a supportive culture within the legal profession.

As part of the new Wellbeing initiative members can also access a short video from the Equality Commission on employer responsibilities around mental wellbeing in the workplace and sign up to attend an in person seminar hosted by Dr Garry Adair-Gilliland, Lead GP at Kingsbridge Private Hospital, Belfast on general health issues including menopause, HRT, prostate health advice as well as answering questions from attendees.  

Launching the new initiative, the Society’s President, Darren Toombs said: -

“I am delighted to launch the Wellbeing initiative and new Toolkit which will complement the services offered by LawCare, with whom the Society continues to work closely on important issues affecting the solicitor profession in Northern Ireland. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Equality Commission and Kingsbridge Private Hospital for their support. I would encourage members and their support staff to download the new Toolkit, access the information online and sign up to seminar as part of the new Wellbeing initiative”.  

Niamh Warnock, Engagement and Relationship Manager, LawCare said: -

“At LawCare we are excited to support the launch of the new Wellbeing Toolkit, a crucial resource packed with practical guidance for people in Northern Ireland's legal sector who are navigating mental health challenges. We know that many have concerns about reaching out for support for mental health concerns and believe the Society’s dedication to this cause plays a key role in breaking down the stigma that still exists around seeking this support.

The refreshed toolkit features numerous resources from LawCare, and is something we're actively promoting, supporting any effort that ensures mental health struggles are approached with empathy and understanding, ultimately creating an environment where everyone can thrive.”

Information about the new Wellbeing toolkit, Equality Commission video, upcoming LawCare event and the Kingsbridge Private Hospital event are below.




A short video from the Equality Commission focused on employer responsibilities around mental wellbeing in the workplace. The video will cover:

*Barriers to good mental health at work

*What employers can do – ‘How To’ – avoiding cases and employer responsibilities

*How the ECNI can help







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