Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Being a lawyer is not worth your life

There have been several reports on what seems to be a rash of lawyer suicides, recently, notably in Kentucky.

This trend is disturbing, but not shocking.  Attorneys have long had higher rates then the general populace for a variety of problems - suicide, depression, alcohol and drug abuse.  Nor is it difficult to see why.  Long hours, difficult, stressful work, financial pressures, the list of triggers is well-known and not likely to change.

So what to do if you or someone you know is in danger?  Most states have resources to help - help lines, counselors, etc. (and yes, usually you can remain anonymous).  Technology, such as Online Legal Software, can have a small part in the solution as well - being better organized can mean you have less hours to work and make more money, both of which can lead to increased happiness.

Most of all, don't suffer in silence.  You're not alone.