This year, we are again marking Mental Health Awareness Week alongside thousands of organisations across the globe. To raise awareness and support the work towards ending the stigma around mental health issues, we have organised a week long campaign to encourage conversations about mental health.
Mental health is moving up both the social and workplace agenda. This is no surprise given the sobering statistics, with 1 in 4 people in the UK experiencing a mental health problem each year. Those working in the legal sector are faced by particular stresses and challenges – and it is vital that we do our bit to help people feel comfortable speaking up about mental health issues so that they can be addressed and our people supported.
The mental health of our employees at Kingsley Napley is extremely important to us and we have made extensive information available internally on how we support good mental health, including guidance on how to talk about mental health issues and signposting to external resources and support available. The information is designed to help our staff feel comfortable about starting a conversation about mental health. It is part of our firm’s open and inclusive culture, which encourages talking about and supporting others, should they experience mental ill health at any time. We are committed to supporting our people to ensure they can thrive and enjoy life and better manage its demands and challenges and cope with the pressures inherent to working in the legal environment. We do our best to reassure our staff that there are many sources of support available and all they need to do is ask for help from someone they are comfortable talking to, whether that be a colleague, family member or a friend.
At Kingsley Napley, we have a number of activities to support the wellbeing of our staff, including yoga, meditation and personal training onsite, walking and running clubs and a choir . To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, we have scheduled a ‘Mindfulness Meditation – Managing Stress and Resilience’ session with Stretching in the City and we will be encouraging our staff to #maketimeforyou
We are also delighted to be welcoming SANE, a mental health charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness, to give a breakfast talk to our staff during Mental Health Awareness Week. SANE is one of the charities Kingsley Napley has chosen to support in 2017-19 and we look forward to working more closely with them.
Follow our activities and awareness campaign at Kingsley Napley during Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 via our Giving Something Back blog and our social media feeds at @KNCareers, @KingsleyNapley and our LinkedIn feed.