In the aftermath of Robin Williams’ suicide, mental health and depression are once again in the news.
It is beyond unfortunate that it takes the death of a beloved public figure to spur many to have these important conversation (and to engage in self-analysis). It shouldn’t.
Especially for lawyers.
Lawyers are, as multiple studies have shown, at higher risk for depression than most other professions, which often leads, not just to suicide, but to the high rates of family breakdowns, alcohol and drug abuse which are also, sadly, well-represented in the profession.
Thankfully, many state bars have set up resources to help lawyers who may be struggling. Don’t wait until it is too late. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression and other mental health issues, reach out, safely and anonymously, to ensure you get the help you need.