As I’ve mentioned before, one of the tools I access with WordPress allows me to see the searches that lead people to my blog. I continue to be surprised and concerned by the number of searches on attorneys and depression, and even more so by searches on some derivative of attorneys and suicide.
Lawyers have among the highest rates of depression and suicide of any profession. I have known one lawyer who killed himself and I’ve known of several more. And now, suicide is now showing up as a search that leads to my blog almost daily. I could follow that with a funny, self-deprecating line to lighten the mood, but I’m not going to do it.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, or if you’re concerned that someone in your life is, please seek help. In the United States, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. That number will route your call to the closest crisis center. The call is free and confidential. For more information, visit the Lifeline website.