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Minds Over Matters: An Examination of Mental Health in the Legal Profession

Law.com has embarked on a yearlong investigation into mental health across every sector of the legal profession. Over the course of 12 months, we will aim to shine a light on mental health, addiction, stress and well-being; destigmatize the issue; and identify methods to effectuate change.

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Mental disorders like depression and anxiety are commonplace in Asia. And for those who bear their burden, they can be crippling. But unlike other regions of the world where mental health care is widely accessible, people in Asia often do not get the treatment they desperately need to manage their disorder and live a productive life.

In Japan, suicide is nearing crisis levels as the leading cause of death in men ages 20 to 44 and women ages 15 to 34. Suicides in China account for more than one-quarter of suicides globally. South Korea has the 10th highest rate of suicide in the world, and in Singapore, suicide is the leading cause of death for those age 10 to 29.

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