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‘Universal right’ theme for World Mental Health Day
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09 Oct 2023 / wellbeing Print

‘Universal right’ theme for World Mental Health Day

Tuesday 10 October is World Mental Health Day - a campaign that has been running since 1992.

The theme for 2023, set by the World Foundation of Mental Health, is ‘Mental health is a universal human right’.

Mental Health Ireland has extended the campaign to the whole month of October, creating a range of resources and events to enable people to get involved.

The day comes exactly a week after the annual Law Society Skillnet Business of Wellbeing Summit, which brought together 650 solicitors to hear from experts and panels on psychological wellbeing, peer support, diversity and inclusion, and community and belonging.

The Law Society has put a range of resources in place to help firms in supporting the overall wellbeing of their legal workplace:

  • Law Society Psychological Services is committed to building healthy legal workplaces. We work collaboratively with the profession to enhance and develop psychological dimensions of legal practice and culture. We are focused on optimising the wellness of every solicitor, building safe and inclusive legal workplaces, and investing in psychological supports, training and services for our members and future members.
  • Dignity at Work: Want some content for your workplace related to building a healthy work environment? Psychological Services has developed a complementary downloadable toolkit and a series of video resources linked to the theme of bullying, harassment and sexual harassment in legal workplaces.
  • LegalMind: It’s good to talk! Solicitors and post-PPC trainee solicitors can access a fully independent, subsidised mental-health and professional-wellbeing support service by calling 1800 814177. Visit www.lawsociety.ie/legalmind for further information.
  • Professional Wellbeing Charter: Stand out from other workplaces by signing the charter that firms, in-house and public-sector legal teams showcase and mark their commitment to workplace wellbeing.
  • Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Charter: Committing to the charter signifies that your firm, in-house or public sector legal team are taking the necessary steps to promote gender equality, diversity and inclusion in your workplace and in the solicitors’ profession.
  • Reasons for Living: Law Society Psychological Services is committed to supporting suicide prevention efforts and enhancing mental health across the legal profession. Our suicide-prevention initiative addresses recognising signs of suicidal distress, intervening safely and getting help.
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