Lawyer Mental Health Resources
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
How to Help Someone Contemplating Suicide – a guide from NPR
Lawyer Assistance Programs By State – contains resources for both law students and practicing attorneys
Know That You’re Not Alone
Lawyers with Depression – a blog that discusses issues and stories about lawyers with depression
I Almost Became Another Lawyer Who Killed Himself – a personal account of how one lawyer faced depression and suicidal thoughts with a happier ending.
Attorney Suicide – What Every Lawyer Needs to Know – the ABAJournal’s guide to attorney suicide
Anger, Depression and Student Loan Debt: 5 ways Millennials Can Let Go of Money Shame – practical tips for dealing with the psychic toll of massive student loan debt
Lawyers who have spoken out about their personal struggles with mental illness: Prof. Elyn Saks at Southern Cal (schizophrenia, via The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness (2007)); Prof. Lisa McElroy at Drexel (anxiety disorder, via an article on Slate); Prof. James Jones at Louisville (bipolar disorder, via an article in Journal of Legal Ed.); Prof. Brian Clarke, Assistant Professor at Charlotte School of Law, We Need to Start Talking About Why So Many Lawyers are Killing Themselves; The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow and Redemption
Help for Student Loans
Please let me know if there are any additional resources you think should be added to this list.
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