Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

The Law Society celebrated Mental Health Awareness Week with a series of activities to support members’ wellbeing.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Check out past events

Mental Health Awareness Week took place across the country from 5 to 11 October 2020. The Law Society offered a selection of member events and activities throughout the week, drawing on Mental Health Ireland’s ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’. You can access these events here:

Take Notice – Restorative Breathing Class 

Coldshock - Introducing Breath: explore the Wim Hof method with Níall Ó Murchu, a certified Wim Hof Method instructor, and learn how to use the breathing technique to reduce stress and anxiety, while releasing tension. This talk is available as part of the 'Shrink Me' module of CPD events on LegalEdTalks.

Connect – Find your confidence with Coach Fiona McKeever

Grab a cup of tea and join Coach Fiona McKeever while she talks to the Young Members’ Committee on confidence. She discusses how to prevent dips in confidence, how to find your inner confidence and how to mind yourself in all of this. Fiona also offers practical tips on how to deal with imposter syndrome, mistakes, and how to put yourself forward for promotions or other opportunities.

Keep Learning – What is anxiety and is Covid-19 making this worse?

Can you identify anxiety when you are experiencing it? Are you experiencing more of this at the moment? In this talk, Brid O Meara, Director of Services of AWARE, talks us through some practical tips on how to manage our levels of anxiety. She also informs us of what AWARE supports are available for solicitors and their dependents, suffering from depression, anxiety, or mood disorders. 

 

Give – Play your part in ending stigma

How can you help to end the stigma surrounding mental health in the legal profession? Watch this video of colleagues discussing and tackling this issue and share it with a colleague. The more we talk about mental health in our profession, the less of a burden we will all feel to always be ok. 

Get involved with the fight against stigma or any other part of the Professional Wellbeing Project by contacting professionalwellbeing@lawsociety.ie

Be Active – Sign up to the Professional Wellbeing Charter

It’s a different way to be active but it can still make a difference to your workplace. Influence your firm and ask them to sign up to the Law Society’s Professional Wellbeing Charter. Be a change-maker and help commit your firm to improving leadership and championing behaviours, skills and practices that promote and enable professional wellbeing at all levels, and across all roles, in the workplace. Take an active step in supporting a positive workplace culture in your firm.