The groundbreaking survey comes as the Scottish Daily Express continues to highlight how the issue affects all aspects of society. Our Keep It In Mind Campaign today reveals how the problem affects everyone from schoolchildren to diabetes sufferers. And last night, the Prince of Wales launched a £10million programme to raise awareness and improve help for traumatised armed services veterans suffering mental health-related issues.
Yesterday, the Law Society of Scotland urged its own members to take part in their survey. It will investigate attitudes towards mental health as well as personal as experiences, asking about policies and training in their workplace.
Alison Atack, president of the Law Society of Scotland, said: “Working in law often involves helping people resolve their problems but it is important for legal professionals to remember to take time to deal with anything that could affect their own mental health.
“At the Law Society, we want to understand more about mental health issues within the whole of the legal sector, which supports around 20,000 jobs in Scotland and examine what we may need to do to tackle any stigma that exists around mental health in the workplace and ensure people can access support when they need it most.”
She added: “Despite the conversation becoming much more open, the stigma around mental health can still stop people from reaching out and asking for help.
“It’s important that we take steps to better understand current attitudes and I encourage everyone working within the wider legal sector, from the organisation’s most junior colleague to its senior team, to take part and let us know about their views and experiences.”The problem affects everyone from schoolchildren to diabetes sufferers (Image: Tim Brown/Getty Images)Prince Charles launched the Combat Stress “At Ease” appeal (Image: Tristan Fewings - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
The legal campaign is being run in conjunction with See Me, the Scottish national programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination. Director Calum Irving said: “The workplace is one of the main areas where people experience stigma and discrimination because of their mental health.
“We want to change the workplace culture around mental health in Scotland, so all staff feel confident enough to speak about how they are feeling and can ask for help if they need it.”
Speaking in London, Prince Charles launched the Combat Stress “At Ease” appeal. It is estimated that each year, the organisation which helps former servicemen and women deal with trauma-related, mental health issues, has to deal with 2,000 new inquiries.
Studies have shown that one in five veterans who completed tours of Iraq and Afghanistan will suffer from Post Traumatic Street Disorder (PTSD).
Prince Charles is the patron of Combat Stress and he has been joined in his fight to help the lives of ex-servicemen by sons Prince William and Prince Harry.
It is hoped the appeal will reach its target within three years. The money will be spent of specific programmes designed to combat PTSD as well as providing a free 24-hour helpline.
The charity’s president, General Sir Peter Wall, said: “Together we can transform the lives of those who have paid a high price for serving their nation.”
Research by King’s College London has found that the rate of PTSD is nearly twice as high among veterans as the general public.