The mental health crisis that has struck hard at the legal profession will not be fixed until the issues of mental health are adequately addressed in the general population across the United States, said psychiatrists, judges and lawyers attending a conference focused specifically on mental health challenges in the legal profession.

Mental health experts and legal industry representatives praised recommendations made in the American Bar Association’s National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being Report — a 2017 groundbreaking study on the mental health crisis within the legal profession. But they stressed that the mental health crisis is a national crisis, hardly unique to the legal profession. And it must be addressed at a broader level if the legal profession is overcome the challenges of alcoholism, drug addiction, depression and suicide, they said.

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