Mental Health Resources

Scholarly and lay publications regularly report that compared to those in other professions, lawyers have some of the highest rates of substance abuse, depression, and mood disorders. Educating yourself is essential in addressing the concerns that can hamper a career.   

The information below should not be mistaken for mental health diagnoses. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, help is available. The counselors at LAP are available to consult with you individually on a broad range of mental health issues.  

Links are to information provided by the American Bar Association.


The demands of the legal profession can cause lawyers to experience harmful amounts of negative stress.

More about the symptoms and management of stress.



Depression is common and treatable.

More about the symptoms and treatment of depression.


Compulsive Behaviors

Compulsive behaviors are those that are repeated due to a strong impulse — such as gambling, eating, or shopping — often against the individual's self-interest.

More about the symptoms and treatment of compulsive behaviors. 



There is a strong correlation between suicide and the mental health issues listed above.

More about the warning signs of suicide and prevention strategies.


If you have had thoughts of suicide, we encourage you to contact a LAP counselor. LAP does not, however, have the staffing capacity to provide 24/7 emergency coverage. If you feel in crisis, please call 911 or contact your local crisis hotline if one is available. National hotlines are available 24/7: 1-800-784-2433 or 1-800-273-8255.


Additional Articles & Resources

Getting a Handle on ADD (PDF article courtesy of the Oregon Attorney Assistance Program)




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If you are having thoughts of suicide or experiencing a mental health crisis call WSBA Connects at 800-765-0770. This hotline is staffed 24/7.