LawCare announces COVID-19 stats
Legal mental health charity LawCare has released its data on legal professionals seeking help related to COVID-19.
LawCare has released its data on all COVID-19 related contacts it has received.
According to the data, 48 legal professionals have contacted the charity with issues related to COVID-19 since 10th March, making up over a third (37%) of all contacts to their support service.
The data published by LawCare tells us that the top three issues concerning legal professionals are:
- Not being permitted to work from home
- Financial issues due to furlough/pay cuts or lack of work
- Worsening of existing mental health conditions
Other problems have included relationship strain, childcare issues and being asked to work whilst on furlough.
Chief Executive Elizabeth Rimmer said:
“We feel this is very much the tip of the iceberg and anticipate in the coming weeks more and more legal professionals will contact us as the emotional and financial impact of the pandemic begins to really hit home. We would like to remind all legal professionals, including support staff, they can contact us for free, in confidence, to discuss anything that is bothering them. Talking through your problems with one of our trained staff and volunteers, who have all worked in the law themselves, can really help.”
In response to the pandemic, LawCare have developed a COVID-19 hub full of information and resources at www.lawcare.org.uk, where you can also access emotional support via email, webchat and LawCare’s peer support service. The helpline number is 0800 279 6888 (1800 991 801 in Ireland).