With lawyers experiencing depression at as much as 4x the rate of the general population, individual stories can inspire others to seek help.
Dan Lukasik currently serves as Judicial Wellness Coordinator for the New York State Office of Court Administration and operates LawyersWithDepression.com, “a website for lawyers with depression, created by a lawyer with depression.” Since 2009, he’s been sharing helpful discussion and resources on his blog.
Dan is currently publishing a ‘True Stories’ guest series. He has shared several stories so far:
An Attorney Shares His Journey through Depression Before COVID and Now
A Lawyer Tells All About His Traumatic Childhood, Drinking, Depression, and Recovery
A Lawyer’s Tough Tale: Depression at a BigLaw Firm
A Lawyer with Depression’s Journey from Pain to Mental Health Advocacy — featuring an amazing leader in the Massachusetts legal community, Gavin Alexander!
Lawyers Depression Project: Resources, Bi-Monthly Meetings, Confidential Forums & Group Chat
The Full Weight of the Law: How Legal Professionals Can Recognize and Rebound from Depression (ABA 2017) (available in our Lending Library, written by LCL MA Staff Clinicians Dr. Shawn Healy and Dr. Jeff Fortgang)
Is This Depression or Just Feeling Down (LCLMA Blog, 2018)
Findings on Depression in Lawyers (LCLMA Blog, 2018)
ABA Launches Anti-Stigma Campaign for the Legal Profession (LCLMA Blog, 2019)
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Lawyers, law students, and judges in Massachusetts can discuss concerns with a licensed therapist, law practice advisor, or both. Find more on scheduling here.