Lawyers are 3.6 times as likely to be depressed as people with other jobs. More than a quarter of all lawyers suffer from depression. Many deal with addiction.
Sadly, this is the reality in the legal profession. However, it doesn’t have to be. Lawyers and even law school students can take steps to stay mentally sane in this often stressful profession. They can recognize the signs of depression and get the help that they need when they need it.
Of course, this involves a lot of education and discussion about these sensitive topics. And as we work with thousands of lawyers every day, we want to do whatever we can to help them. Earlier this year our CEO Larry Port provided wellness training to The Florida Bar at their mid-year meeting. And next week we will launch a five-part series on depression, substance abuse, and wellness. Each day next week, we’ll address a different aspect of these issues. We’ve talked to leading medical experts and many attorneys about stress in the legal industry. We interviewed Brian Cuban, an attorney and author of The Addicted Lawyer.
We hope our series helps lawyers in some way. This is a conversation we all need to be having.