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 about 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.
Life After Meth: A Journey of Addiction and Recovery, by Douglas Wilson (NW Lawyer, a publication of the Washington State Bar Association, Vol. 68, No. 4, Jun 2014, cover story)
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)
All Stressed Out and Nowhere to Go, by Vicki Olds (The Advocate, a publication of the Idaho State Bar, May 2014, Vol. 57, No. 5, pg. 38)
Lawyers and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, by Tish Vincent (Michigan Bar Journal, a publication of the State Bar of Michigan, June 2014, pg. 58)