Time to Unmind: Slaughter and May release mental health app

November 15, 2019

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What's going on here?

Slaughter and May have partnered with Unmind, a workplace mental health and wellbeing app.

What does this mean?

The app is designed to aid and supplement staff with workplace situations through written advice, podcasts and assessment tools. The app can provide help before meetings or presentations as well as aid breathing and sleeping.

The app has already been used within other workplaces, with British Airways and Just Eat as users.

Slaughter and May’s executive partner, Paul Stacey, said of the app, “we’ve moved from being open to talking about mental health and destigmatising it, to bringing in the app and making it common for all to use”.

What's the big picture effect?

This development follows on from similar moves from other law firms. Linklaters trialed an AI platform called BetterSpace, and Taylor Wessing give their staff premium access to HeadSpace, a meditation app. Away from technology, Dentons appointed the first chief mindfulness officer (for more information, see our article on that here).

The larger focus on mental health awareness is noticeable over the last few years, through social media and now within workplaces. Law firms, especially City firms, have been well known to be stressful environments, with mental health often struggling in such scenarios. The subsequent increase in awareness and methods to prevent the development of mental health problems, or the ability to control them, will greatly be seen as a step in the right direction.

Having said this, only 30% of staff downloaded the app after it was released, with no figures on how many continued to use it. It will therefore be interesting to see whether this app is successful or used often amongst employees.

Whilst the app may not be successful in and of itself yet, the app is part of the firm’s wider mental health strategy. This primarily comes from the “Thrive” network which is primarily associate-led. The app was intended to supplement this strategy and hopefully signals that there is some mental health initiative in different forms, depending on how people wish to receive it.

Report written by Harina Chandhok

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