News Flash—The legal profession is facing a crisis in mental health.
The numbers are staggering when compared to other industries and professions. Lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to experience a major depressive episode compared to the general population, according to the 2015 joint survey conducted by the American Bar Association and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Remarkably, 45% of all lawyers have suffered from depression and 61% reported concerns about anxiety. Even more alarming, a whopping 11% reported suicidal thoughts at some point in their careers. By contrast, only 4% of the general population have had these thoughts. Thirty-two percent of lawyers under 30 are already problem drinkers.
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