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Missouri lawyers discuss suicide, share stories of hope and healing

After cancer and heart disease, suicide is the third most common cause of death among lawyers. Research indicates lawyers are also the "most depressed" of 105 surveyed professions. 

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. In an effort to open up discussion about the topic, St. Louis lawyers Danny Barnett and David Zevan shared personal stories about suicide, along with the hope and healing that come with getting help.

If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, there is help. In an immediate emergency, call 911.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a hotline for individuals in crisis or for those looking to help someone else. To speak with a certified listener, call 1-800-273-8255. 

Crisis Text Line is a texting service for emotional crisis support. To speak with a trained listener, text HELLO to 741741. It is free, available 24/7, and confidential. 

All Missouri Bar members have unlimited, 24/7 access by phone to a licensed clinical social worker and part-time access to a licensed professional counselor. Services may be accessed by calling 1-800-688-7859. MOLAP also makes referrals to professional resources as indicated. 

The Missouri Bar recently introduced the Lawyers Living Well Special Committee, which focuses on advocating for and improving lawyer well-being. To learn more and join the conversation, connect with the Lawyers Living Well Community or search for content using #MOLawyersLivingWell.