Sunday, March 30, 2008

Lawyers and Suicide

I attended a fascinating presentation the other day on how to intervene with a suicidal person. The focus was on attorneys because attorneys (similar to doctors) have high rates of suicide. Substance abuse rates are also higher for these professions than society at large and the blame (at least partially) can be laid at the feet of too much stress.

The presenter claimed that untreated "overstress" is the leading cause of depression and untreated depression is the leading cause of suicide.

But even if someone is suicidal, if you talk to them frankly and break through their isolation, you've an excellent chance of preventing them from committing suicide.

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