International cat day 8 August 2018
This is my cat, Jasper Jack. He has a huge personality, likes to receive love on his own terms and is a big fan of mice! When he is in a good mood he will want cuddles but when he is in a bad mood it is a very different story. We love him nonetheless completely and unconditionally. It took a while to get to know Jasper. I had to take time to spend with him, understanding what he needed, knowing what frightened him and trying to persuade him to trust me that I would always do what was best for him.
I was intrigued to hear about International Cat Day.
Really? A day we dedicate to cats?
Apparently International Cat Day was originally created in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare as a way for people to honour their feline friends and as a day to advocate for cats.
This got me thinking. Is there an International People Day? An International Look After Vulnerable People Day? Or perhaps, an International Help People Day?
Then I realised, for me and my colleagues at Swain & Co, every day is a day where we help people, look out for the interests of our clients and support and protect the most vulnerable people in our society. We believe completely and unconditionally in our mission statement:
“Empowering people to make positive change.”
I am a Mental Health Lawyer and it strikes me that the relationships I build with my clients are also based on patience, time taken to understand what they need and trust that I will always represent them and advise them to the very best of my ability and do what is best for them in each presenting situation.
At Swain & Co we take immense pride in the way we approach each and every mental health case that we accept. We ensure that we one of our expert lawyers attends to meet with our client as soon as possible, most of the time on the same day as the enquiry is received. We take time to really listen and understand what it is that our client needs and we advocate strongly for them. We understand that we are the “voice” for our client’s, that we have to put into words what they are feeling and interpret that within the letter of the law to get the best possible outcome.
The important thing is we don’t just say that we will do that – we actually do it – every single day! There is no single “Mental Health Client Day” at Swain & Co. Every day is a day that we do the best for each and every one of our clients.
Melanie Lidstone-Land and her team of dedicated and experienced mental health lawyers regularly advise and represent patients detained under the Mental Health Act, advise their family members in relation to Nearest Relative applications and are able to provide advice on all other aspects of Mental Health Law. Call today on 023 92 483322.