With suicide being the third-leading cause of death among lawyers, the State Bar of Georgia has decided to take a leading role toward suicide prevention awareness in the legal profession with its “How to Save a Life” initiative. Part of the initiative will include the appointment of a Suicide Prevention Subcommittee, by the Georgia Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) Chairman Charles B “Chuck” Pekor Jr. The Subcommittee’s primary goal will be to raise awareness among Bar members about addressing the situation, recognizing the risk factors and warning signs of suicide, and of the fact that help is available through the LAP. Currently, the LAP hotline takes calls 24-hours a day, with qualified counselors available to assist.
For more information see this article written by Robin Frazer Clark, president of the State Bar of Georgia, published in the Georgia Bar Journal.