Recently, reports Meghan Tribe at Law.com, his death, at age 54, was ruled a suicide. He had been a partner at the Boston office of DLA Piper.
It is well known that lawyers have a higher rate of suicide than that of the general population. Sensational was the phenomenon of the cluster suicides of middle aged lawyers in Kentucky. Since 2010, reported USA Today, a dozen had taken their own lives.
It might be counterproductive to pay so much attention to lawyers who do commit suicides. It might be more useful in preventing suicides to interview those who considered suicide and decided to not take that path increasingly traveled. What mindsets and developments in their lives gave them the hope and strength to continue living life?
The American Bar Association and local state bar organizations might send out anonymous surveys to their members. There would be questions about suicidal ideation and even attempts. What were the tipping points in the decision not to commit suicide? The identity of the responders would not be requested.
In my family there seems to a suicide gene or cluster of genes which predisposes members on the maternal (Eastern European) side to take their own lives, usually in middle age.
What I discovered when I spoke with those who are still with us how they managed to hold on, there was an interesting reply. It was knowing that they had the suicide option - that is, suicidal ideation - which kept them going. Perhaps suicide fantasies can be a powerful tool of prevention.
This blog sends sympathy to the family of Bruch Wickersham.