Bloomberg Law
Feb. 1, 2021, 9:45 AM

Overdue Calls for Help Red Flag for Lawyer Well-Being Advocates

Melissa Heelan
Melissa Heelan

Lawyer mental health assistance groups expect a rebound in calls for help later this year after attorney psychological well-being appeared to take a back seat to other aspects of life upended by the pandemic.

Calls to some helplines actually fell in 2020—more than 20% for groups in Pennsylvania and Minnesota—despite expectations that a profession known for heightened anxiety, depression, and substance abuse would trigger explosive demand if virus fallout worsened.

“The Covid dip was real,” said Diana Uchiyama, executive director of Illinois’ Lawyers’ Assistance Program. She expects “a steady level” of outreach when things normalize.

Experts say lawyers may ...

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