Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week marks Mental Health Awareness week.

Senior Associate Solicitor, Kate Lea, explains:

"The theme this year is 'Movement: Moving more for our mental health' - the aim being to get people to find time for ‘movement’ in their daily routine.

I guess I am one of the lucky ones. I have always enjoyed exercise. Running, cycling and going to the gym brings me joy. However, I confess in my younger years a lot of this was spurred by vanity.

More recently kids, work and general day to day life means I have less time to go to the gym and exercise. But perhaps that’s not a bad thing.  It’s made me review my lifestyle choices.  I no longer “binge then burn”.  For me, it is now less about ‘exercise’ and more about being kinder to myself and trying to remain active.  This is no easy feat given the amount of hours I spend sitting at my desk.  However, I know that if I don’t move it has a detrimental impact on my mood and I find it more of a challenge to manage my anxieties and the general pressures of everyday life.  So, I do what I can – even if it is just a walk around the block or jumping on the trampoline with the kids.

As an employment lawyer I deal with clients who suffer with mental health issues.  They are many and varied.  Many report have symptoms of anxiety, low mood, lethargy, and low self-esteem. 

I am not a doctor.  I cannot advise on mental health issues.  However I can provide legal advice and relate to some of their experiences, which I hope makes me a better lawyer.

With longer days and optimistic that summer has finally arrived it is a great opportunity to start a new routine and build some movement into your day.

So I lend my support to The Mental Health Foundation, Mind and all those fantastic charities that help and support those with Mental Health issues and back their campaign for Movement. What are you waiting for? Get a move on!"

How can we help?

If you have any concerns relating to mental health in the workplace and would like to seek legal advice on a particular matter, contact the Employment Team at Lawson-West Solicitors today.

With offices in Leicester and Market Harborough our employment solicitors and lawyers can discuss your employment claim at location that suits you. We are a national provider of expert employment law advice and welcome a free discussion with you regarding your circumstances and potential claim.

If you believe you have a situation where you require free legal advice, please contact us on telephone 0116 212 1000 or 01858 445 480, alternatively fill in our Contact Us form and we will get in touch as soon as possible.

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