Members of Chambers attended the 2nd Annual Wellness for Law – Building a Resilient Profession on Friday 6th July 2018 at Inner Temple, organised and hosted by the founder Rachel Spearing.
It was a wonderful event on how to approach and assist with such a delicate subject that effects all of us, or those close to us, at some time in our lives. Dealing with Mental Health and how the pressures of life at the Bar and in general can cause various stresses in our lives, and how to deal with them and notice the trigger points of what causes such reactions.
The Key note speech was by Professor Felicia Huppert, who flew across from New South Wales to join us, which was engaging and fundamental to how we can control and eradicate stresses in our lives. Showing how psychological science and neuroscience has made great progress in understanding the nature of well-being, the barriers to well-being and resilience, and ways to enhance them. Showing that individuals differ in their basic level of emotional regulation, but the processes and skills that underlie sustainable well-being can be taught and learned. Stating that there are two skills which are fundamental to underlie sustainable well-being – Mindfulness and compassion.
Antony Metzer QC also spoke as part of the Panel, showing how Goldsmith Chambers had incorporated well-being into the framework of Chambers by various activities, including Art Therapy, Pilates, Mental Health Lecture by Dr Lorenzo Grespi and Jeremy Tobias-Tarsch from the Grespi Foundation, as well as hopes and views for all chambers for the future. His speech can be viewed below.