STAYING SANE AS A LITIGATOR 7: PREVENTING LAWYER SUICIDE

This is a major topic, and not one that I write about lightly.  It arises from an event I attended last week in Leeds in relation to men’s mental health in the legal profession.   I tweeted about attending very briefly (the subject does not lend itself easily to the sound bites of Twitter). I received a number of thoughtful responses from many who had experienced, or had first-hand knowledge of, dealing with the problems of mental health.   Several respondents commented on how many lawyer suicides they knew about.   This is a subject that needs to be addressed – constantly.   I have collated some useful articles and posts, together with links to organisations that can help.  (I welcome other links and guides to seeking help).

THE SCALE OF THE PROBLEM

A survey carried out by the Junior Lawyers Division earlier this year, and summarised in the The Law Society Gazette, stated that one in 15 lawyers have suicidal thoughts. 

SEEKING HELP

RESOURCES

This includes

Signs to look out for in yourself or others

How to have a conversation with someone you believe to be suicidal

If you have thought of suicide

It also has a list of resources

“Call LawCare’s free, independent, confidential helpline on 0800 279 6888 for immediate support for yourself or visit www.lawcare.org.uk to access webchat, email support and useful factsheets and information. You can also contact us if you are worried about a colleague and are unsure how to support them.

Other resources

Samaritans  – call 116 123 24 hours

Samaritans – for everyone

Call 116 123

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men

Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day

https://www.thecalmzone.net/

Papyrus – for people under 35

Call 0800 068 41 41

https://papyrus-uk.org/

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Call 0300 111 5065

Suicide Bereaved Network

Call 0300 999 0003″

AN INTERNATIONAL PROBLEM

This is not a problem confine to the UK. There are many thoughtful articles and posts: