Legal mental health charity, LawCare, has expanded its text-based emotional support service from one to four days a week.
Ten newly trained volunteers - all with experience working in the law - will be available to lend support to legal professionals with wellbeing concerns by text on the charity's online chat.
As of today (10 May 2022), the chat service will run Tuesday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00.
Elizabeth Rimmer, Chief Executive of LawCare, said the charity recognises 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".
She added: "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 was established in 1997 and seeks to promote mental health and wellbeing in the legal profession across the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. The charity offers for free, confidential, emotional support to all branches of the legal profession, from judges to support staff.
The charity also has a team of peer supporters, people who work in, or have worked in, the legal profession who may have been through difficult times themselves and can offer one-to-one support, friendship and mentoring over 2/3 telephone calls.