The article reports that assistance programs across the country are witnessing a marked increase in demand for their services as the economy continues its downward slide.
The article comes in the wake of the suicide of Mark Levy, a Kilpatrick Stockton attorney who had recently been laid off at the firm.
Just this morning, it was also learned by Above the Law that a Simpson Thatcher associate who recently lost her job took her own life a few weeks ago.
The increase in lawyers seeking assistance for their depression might indicate a much larger trend since, according to the NLJ article, "[a]lthough an oft-cited study from the 1990s by researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that lawyers have a higher rate of depression than other occupations, lawyers often are reluctant to seek assistance. The typical attorney personality and training actually are barriers to treating emotional problems and substance abuse. . . ."
This means that many attorneys out there might be suffering in silence.
If you or a colleague is experiencing depression, don't wait until things become overwhelming and take a tragic turn - seek out a lawyer assistance program.
No matter how busy they are, they are still there to help.