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Insight into the health and wellbeing of junior lawyers

The Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society of England and Wales has, for the second year running, carried out a survey on the health and wellbeing concerns faced by those working at a junior level within the legal sector. The JLD has published a report summarising these findings and the implications for employers and the industry as a whole (read here).

Going a step further, they have also used the survey's findings to generate guidance for employers of junior lawyers on how they can support their the health and wellbeing of this cohort of their workforce, published in the "Supporting resilience and wellbeing in the workplace: guidance for best practice" resource.

Whether you are responsible for health and wellbeing within an organisation in the legal sector, or if you are an organisation that employers younger workers, including trainees and apprentices, these resources offer useful insight and practical tips.
Quote of the week: "We are all responsible for promoting mental wellbeing - as friends and family, as colleagues and as employers. We all have a responsibility to help create an environment in which we can be open and honest about our own mental health, where we are able to recognise the signs and symptoms in others and to offer support to colleagues. A place where we are envouraged to challenge the stigma when we see it." - The Town Clerk and Chief Executive of the City of London Corporation, John Barradell

Did you see...

...our feature article in May's squaremile magazine? We teamed up with mental health experts and those with lived experience, to share some ideas on how to address common mental health conditions, such as stress, depression and anxiety. Also mentioned are some of the free services that City workers can access to support their mental wellbeing. Access the full article here.


Thanks to Business Healthy members Landsec for sharing this photo of their One New Change security team wearing their green ribbons and green ties during last week's Mental Health Awareness Week, helping to raise awareness and break down stigma.

Share your thoughts

Share your experiences of workplace mental health in the Business in the Community Mental Health at Work 2018 survey, in conjunction with Mercer. In its third year, the Mental Health at Work survey is the biggest of its kind and is supported by national partners Mind, MHFA England, Mental Health at Work, CIPD, ILM and The Work Foundation.

Everyone has mental health, in the same way that everyone has physical health. Mental ill-health is one of the biggest public health challenges facing society and research shows that one in six workers are experiencing stress, depression or anxiety at any one time. Business in the Community wants to find out how employers are supporting people, in order to develop recommendations for business to improve.

Be part of this important work, by joining in the conversation, completing the survey and encouraging your staff and colleagues to do the same.

From mid-life to retirement 


The Institute for Employment Studies (IES) is undertaking a research project for the Centre for Ageing Better (CfAB) that will explore employers' views and practices in supporting older employees in their work, health and wellbeing, from mid-life (roughly 40 years old and beyond) through to retirement. The project will help to identify what employers are doing to support older employees and why.

The IES is looking for employers who are active and/ or interested in this area, particularly if they have delivered interventions targeted specifically at older employees, as well as those available to all employees, but which may have particular benefits for older workers.

For more information about what this engagement involves, please contact either Rosie or Megan in the project team.
Go to the survey

City bonus

In addition to the normal fortnightly programme, Dragon Cafe in the City is running an extra session on Thursday 24th May, between 12pm and 5pm at Shoe Lane Library (1 Little New Street, EC4A 3JR).

Open and completely free to anyone working or living in the Square Mile, Dragon Cafe in the City operates on a drop-in basis throughout the afternoon and evening, offering a sanctuary in the heart of the City, where individuals can develop tools to boost their resilience and productivity and support their own mental wellbeing. It is a fantastic resource that City employers can signpost their workforce to.

Activities include:
  • Interactive art installation
  • Problem-solving booth
  • Chess strategy
  • Lunch and learn session
  • Reiki
  • Free mini massage
...and more!

Visitors are able to bring along cold food, so Dragon Cafe in the City is the perfect place to spend a lunch break. Visit the link to access a PDF poster of the programme, which can be printed and shared within your workplace.

SME Engagement

If your business is a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) that cares about its workforce and recognises that happy employees are more productive, the Lord Mayor's Appeal would like to hear from you.

The Lord Mayor's Appeal is looking for SMEs that run successful workplace wellbeing initiatives and who would like to speak at the series of "Power of Diversity" events - forums in which businesses share their successes to inspire each other to do more in specific areas, such as mental health. 

Find out more about the LMA's work here, or contact the team via email.

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