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Chairman of the Bar, Andrew Langdon QC, on wellbeing
and the January Blues
Whether the third Monday in January or any other particular day
is the most depressing day of the year may be open to debate as
fact or fiction. Of course depression, stress, anxiety and other
threats to our wellbeing can strike at any time of the
However the reality remains that this is the time of year when
many at the Bar are receiving their post Christmas statements,
fighting cold weather with immune systems running low, and for the
self employed practitioner facing the looming tax man's deadline of
Many at the Bar may be struggling with these pressures, in
addition to the demands of practice and so I would like to remind
the profession of the useful Wellbeing at the Bar Portal www.wellbeingatthebar.org.uk.
Launched last October, has been developed to support members of the
Bar and those working with them in managing the demands that
practice can place upon them. If you haven't looked at it, please
do take the time to do so now.
The portal contains useful information and guidance on how to
seek help for you or a colleague on a number of wellbeing issues
that may arise, including help in dealing with
The wellbeing at the bar survey revealed that financial
pressures impacted many of those in employed and self employed
practice at the Bar, and with the continuing challenges facing
publically funded areas of the profession Bar Leaders are
increasingly mindful of these difficulties.
Whether or not you feel down at any point in January or on any
day of any other month, there are some practical tips for planning
and managing your wellbeing on the Wellbeing Portal from 'staying
well' to understanding and guidance on other
common issues which the bar survey told us practitioners
We are told that it is also useful simply to remember to focus
on the things that matter, and to try and keep issues in
perspective. Trying something new, setting achievable targets
to feel a sense of reward, and remembering to look after your
physical wellbeing are all simple coping
strategies that really work.
I am proud of the fact that the Bar has the ethos of a
collegiate profession. A willingness to listen and to share
problems - financial or otherwise - is part of that ethos. It is
worth remembers that being able to speak to others about personal
difficulties is a sign not of weakness, but of strength.
For further support see www.wellbeingatthebar.org.uk
or contact a member of the Wellbeing Working Group for your
Andrew Langdon QC, Chairman of the Bar