Dear Bar Members:
In light of recent suicide-related tragedies, the Wellness Committee would like to remind you of the resources available to members of the Bar should you be suffering with a mental health difficulty. The Committee provides a variety of resources on its website, www.livingabovethebar.org. The site includes links for multiple mental health disorders, traumatic circumstances, nutrition/physical fitness, and social wellbeing. The focus of the site is prevention and self-care; therefore, we encourage you to bookmark the site and return regularly for blog posts and new resources. The website offers specific resources for suicide prevention and education at www.livingabovethebar.org/suicide-prevention.
As a reminder, if you in the middle of a crisis and need immediate assistance, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255 or chat with them at http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org. The South Carolina Lawyers Helping Lawyers helpline is also available toll free at 1 (866) 545-9590 or contact any of the Lawyers Helping Lawyers committee members directly. Also, the Bar offers free counseling sessions via CorpCare. Scheduling an appointment with a therapist is easy and completely confidential. Bar members may call CorpCare toll-free at 1 (855) 321-4384 to be referred to a counselor in their area 24 hours a day.
Finally, I worked as a mental health professional prior to attending law school. Should you need guidance in finding any assistance, please feel to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jasmine D. Smith on behalf of Living Above the Bar Wellness Committee
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