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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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David Aronstam, Jeena Cho, Jerry Braun, William Putman and Lisa Smith. Left to right: David Aronstam, Jeena Cho, Jerry Braun, William Putman and Lisa Smith.

The stigma surrounding mental health issues in the legal profession can be paralyzing for so many of the profession’s members. Too often, stories end in tragedy. But there are stories of hope and success; examples of lawyers who have persevered with the help of their organizations and loved ones. Below are raw accounts from five such individuals who share their stories of triumph and the path they took to get there.

Lizzy McLellan

Lizzy McLellan writes about the Pennsylvania legal community and the business of law at firms of all sizes. Contact her at lmclellan@alm.com. On Twitter: @LizzyMcLell

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Dan Packel

Dan Packel covers law firms' global strategy and economics. Based in Philadelphia, he writes a weekly briefing for Law.com, "The Law Firm Disrupted," exploring change and innovation in the legal services market. Contact him at dpackel@alm.com. On Twitter at @packeld

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Dylan Jackson

Dylan Jackson writes about national law firms with a pinch of politics and Latin America. He can be reached at djackson@alm.com or 305-347-6677. On Twitter @DylanBJackson

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Susan DeSantis

Susan DeSantis is the deputy editor-in-chief of the New York Law Journal. She can be reached at sdesantis@alm.com. Twitter: @sndesantis

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