- ABA CoLAP
A Must-See Film: "Just Ask: How We Must Stop Minding Our Own Business in the Legal World"
Texas and Pennsylvania LAP Directors, Chris Ritter and Laurie Besden, created a film called "Just Ask: How We Must Stop Minding Our Own Business in the Legal World," to help provide the legal world with essential information about how to get help for oneself or colleagues.
Research consistently shows that lawyers are the most-often depressed professionals out of 105 professions, and suicide is the third leading cause of death among attorneys after cancer and heart disease. Despite these facts, few lawyers are educated about depression and suicide prevention.
The film includes personal stories from lawyers on how suicide and depression touched their lives and provides concrete ways to help colleagues or loved ones who may be struggling with suicidal thoughts.* It overviews resources and emphasizes the importance of having a conversation with a person of concern and encouraging them to seek help. Please share this important message with your network and help save a life!
Link to video (it can be viewed or downloaded):https://www.dropbox.com/s/rvvp67z13yfxae4/SP_Nat_720.mp4?dl=0
*Trigger warning: The linked video deals with the issue of suicide and suicide ideation, including descriptive stories from individuals who's lives have been touched by suicide.