Issues affecting the legal community such as substance abuse, depression, and suicide have recently been in the spotlight. One might think it troubling how frequently these issues make the news and find their way into journals, as it reflects how widespread the problems really are. Indeed, there is cause for concern, but shining a light on these topics encourages people to speak up their own struggles and seek help, uncovers the need for overdue rule changes, and inspires new and improved programs for rehabilitation. The recent articles below, as well as other posts on this blog, are just some examples of how members of the legal community are sharing their stories, and how bar associations and lawyer assistance programs (LAPs) are shining a light on the issues and offering assistance.
Through the Open Door: A Bipolar Attorney Talks Mania, Recovery and Heaven on Earth, by Hilary Martin Chaney (The Arkansas Lawyer, a publication of the Arkansas Bar Association, Vol. 49, No. 2, Spring 2014, pg. 42)