Legal mental health charity LawCare extends online chat service

updated on 10 May 2022

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LawCare has extended its online chat service for legal professionals to four days a week from today, Tuesday 10 May 2022.

The legal mental health charity, which provided emotional support to 667 people in 2021, has been operating a helpline and peer support programme since 1997 with the organisation recently hitting a milestone 10,000 people who have received help from the charity.

The online chat was only introduced in 2019 and has been available one day a week on a Wednesday. As of today, though, LawCare’s online chat service will be available from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Tuesday to Friday. The chat function will be monitored by 10 volunteers who are trained in giving support to those in the legal profession, as well as the LawCare team. Plus, the volunteers are either currently working in, or have previously worked in the legal profession

CEO of the legal mental charity Elizabeth Rimmer said: “We recognise that many people can’t or won’t pick up the phone to call us for a variety of reasons so we wanted to make it easier for people to reach out and get help with whatever is concerning them. We are keen to support anyone going through a tough time, even if they just need to let off steam or talk through a situation, we’re here anytime they need to talk. We don’t ask for roll numbers or details of workplace and people don’t have to give their name.”

LawCare is available to anyone working in the law, including support staff. You can contact the charity for free, confidential, emotional support via the online chat, telephone (0800 279 6888) or email ([email protected]). A team of peer supporters, including people who work in the legal profession who may have experienced difficult periods, are available for one-to-one support, friendship and mentoring via two to three telephone calls.

Read LawCareers.Net’s latest Feature on mental health in the legal profession. Hear from CEO of LawCare Elizabeth Rimmer as we chat about the state of the industry and what needs to change!