The value of talking
We all know the phrases ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ or ‘it’s good to talk’ but the benefits in talking about how you are feeling go far beyond this.
Social and emotional support and the role of individuals, families and communities in delivering this are vital to managing wellbeing. We all need someone to talk to about personal matters without judgement and in confidence. To listen to us and offer help when we need help. When we are in a difficult situation we lose our problem-solving abilities, it can be impossible to focus and it can seem overwhelming to choose what action to take. Sometimes a listening ear and a nudge in the right direction is all we need to move on.
For some it’s not as easy as talking to a friend or family member. Perhaps you don’t want to worry them. Maybe they have their own problems going on. You may not have spoken to them in a while because you’ve been so busy at work. They may not understand what your work environment is like or the particular issues you are facing. You might be afraid to unburden yourself or let go in front of them. Some of us just don’t have people we can turn to in difficult times for a variety of reasons.
At LawCare, through our helpline and peer support network, we offer emotional support, from those who are working in, or have worked in the law. We use our shared personal experiences and characteristics to provide knowledge, emotional assistance, experience, practical help and social interaction.
A review of over 1,000 research studies on peer support found that it helps people feel more knowledgeable, confident, happy, and less isolated and alone. The mutuality and reciprocity that occurs through peer support, builds social capital, which in turn is associated with well-being and resilience. The opportunity to support each other is mutually beneficial. It helps us build empathy and fosters positive behaviours.
If you can’t sleep for thinking about work, feel panic when you have to attend a meeting, spend hours at your desk but don’t seem to be getting anywhere, are worried about finances or your relationship – we’re here to listen, whatever the problem.
We are here to help all branches of the legal profession including support staff, from student to training to practice and retirement.
Call our helpline on 0800 279 6888 or visit www.lawcare.org.uk for support.
Elizabeth Rimmer, LawCare