North West law firm offers mental health support to clients

Regional law firm Napthens – with offices in Liverpool – is offering mental health support to its clients who may need help during the current or future crises.

Seven members of the firm’s legal teams have already qualified as certified Mental Health First Aiders which enables them to help clients who may be suffering various mental health issues during a stressful time, from experiencing of the death of a loved one, caring for incapacitated relatives or divorce.

Simon Ainsworth, Head of Private Client at Napthens, said: “Some clients may feel a need for emotional support whilst they are going through a legal process for a variety of reasons and the fact that our legal teams have these skills is  ever more important especially during the current crisis.

“The mental health and wellbeing of our clients is as important to us as their legal health. We are a big part of our local communities and this is just another way of assisting clients to ensure they receive the best advice.

“Our team has been trained in helping clients by signposting them to other specialist agencies who can help them with such issues. We don’t pretend to be experts in mental health but we can help with initial advice and put them in touch with relevant support where needed.”

The accreditation through Mental Health First Aid England taught attendees the techniques needed to identify and intervene when individuals are showing signs of mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts.

The firm’s own staff can also benefit from the skills developed by the first aiders should they feel they need it.