Mental Health and Wellbeing Week 2021

Join us and celebrate Mental Health and Wellbeing Week in the run up to World Mental Health Day 2021.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Week 

To mark World Mental Health Day (10 October), the Society is hosting Mental Health and Wellbeing Week from 4 to 8 October.

Each day of the week is dedicated to cracking open a conversation around one mental health or wellbeing issue, with the aim of breaking down stigmatizing narratives attached to mental health. We hope it offers opportunities for you to start conversations about mental health with yourself, your friends, your family and/or your colleagues.

Activities are taking place throughout the week across our social channels and here on lawsociety.ie, so we hope you can take some time for you and get involved. We'll have short daily videos with expert speakers, a Small Practice Support Session and a Facebook Live discussion, all details of which can be found in the schedule below. We encourage you to share the schedule with as many close friends and colleagues as you can.

What's happening?

  • Tuesday 5 October: Psychological Safety

Tune into this video with Trish Howard, a psychotherapist in private practice and with the Law School, where she shares her thoughts on Psychological Safety.

  • Wednesday 6 October: Back to Workplace Anxiety

Join us for this Small Practice Business Information Session at 1pm where we will talk to Odhran Mc Carthy (Principal Clinical Psychologist with Social Anxiety Ireland) about social anxiety, what it is, and how it might manifest for some of us as we transition back into the workplace. Odhran will also share tools and techniques to help us with social anxiety over the coming months of change.

Where: Watch back

Why not take a moment with Caroline Foran, bestselling author of “Owning it: Your Bullshit Free Guide to Living with Anxiety”, to understand anxiety in more depth? Caroline talks us through the causes, signs and coping strategies for stress and anxiety (1 CPD Hour)

Where: Register online

  • Thursday 7 October: Addiction

Watch this short video with Paul Hughes, a psychotherapist in private practice and with the Law School, where he talks about addiction and helps us understand it better.

Why not take a moment to listen to Allistair Campbell (#1 bestselling author, communicator and strategist) in conversation with Attracta O’Regan where he talks about his journey of living with depression and how this led to problem drinking (1 CPD Hour).

Where: Access the discussion.

In this new International Bar Association (IBA) podcast, Sara Carnegy (IBA Legal Project Director) and Graham Boal QC (former judge at the Old Bailey) also focus on the devastating effects of alcoholism and depression and the stigma commonly associated with them.

Where: Listen to the podcast

  • Friday 8 October: Secondary Traumatic Stress

Keelin Deasy (psychotherapist in private practice and with the Law School) will join us for a Facebook Live conversation about Secondary Traumatic Stress. We are looking forward to this live discussion with Keelin about what Secondary Traumatic Stress is, what the signs and symptoms of it are, and how solicitors can heal from it.

Where: This will be broadcast live on the Law Society Facebook live page from noon on Friday 8 October

To learn more, you can listen to Dr Sharon Lambert talking to Blindboy about vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, stress, burnout and what you can do about it. This is essential trauma awareness training for all solicitors (1 CPD Hour).

Where: Watch back their discussion

  • Tuesday 12 October: The Business of Wellbeing

Last but not least, you can register for the complimentary Business of Wellbeing Summit which takes place on 12 October 2021. Amongst other speakers, there will be a panel discussion on the importance of psychological safety and “humanity in the workplace”.

Where: Find out more or register

Get involved

We hope you can join us in some or all of the events running during the week, and that you can attend the Business of Wellbeing Summit on 12 October.

Contact us

If you have any questions about Mental Health and Wellbeing Week, you can contact Professional Wellbeing Executive Julie Breen.

Happy World Mental Health Day!