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Breaking the Silence: Lawyer Suicide, Understanding Attorney Risk

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Date Published

October 15, 2008


Mecklenburg County Bar


Mental Health & Wellness, Substance Abuse/Mental Health


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Competition, constant stress, long hours & high expectations can wear down even the most competent and energetic lawyer. This can lead to depression and/or substance abuse – and according to the National Institute of Mental Health, these are the two underlying conditions most likely to lead a person to commit suicide.

Some statistical data suggest that lawyers are more at risk for suicide than any other profession or vocation. The good news is that substance abuse & depression can either be prevented or mitigated by timely intervention & treatment to prevent a suicide from occurring.

This CLE training will teach members of the audience the nature of suicidal communications, what forms such communication may take and how important such communications are in triggering a QPR intervention. You will be provided with information to recognize these communications as “cries for help” and, if necessary, to save a life. The views and opinions are not necessarily those of the 26th Judicial District Bar.

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Towanda C. Garner
North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program

Dr. Barbara Scarboro

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Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

Breaking the Silence: Lawyer Suicide, Understanding Attorney Risk (NCSB# 13) - Video
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If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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How to Attend

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Technical Requirements
You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

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