"Discrimination is attached to people who think about, talk about, or attempt suicide." - Kevin Hines in 2013 book "Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt." Here you can check out the details on Amazon.com
Lawyers, who have a higher rate of suicide than the average population, know how little insight science provides about how to over-ride those obsessive thoughts which propel one toward an irreversible decision. That's why they might find helpful Kevin Hines' account of the thinking which preceded his jump off the Golden Gate Bridge and rushed through his mind on the way down into the water.
Essentially, Hines says two things. One, suicide attempts result from what's going on in one's head, not external conditions. In fact, he has come to define "mental illness" as being trapped in one's thoughts. Secondly, he deconstructs his decision to commit suicide as based on a compulsion. He felt he HAD to end his life. He did not want to end his life. He would have preferred to live and was grateful when he discovered in the water that he was alive.
Lawyers who are plagued with suicidal ideation might consider sending a note to Santa this holiday season. In it they can ask for relief from the obsessive thought patterns. That would be the ultimate Christmas gift.
If lawyers want to help Santa gift them then they can pick up a book or retrieve an article on the Internet on mindfulness or meditation. It's a simply process of sitting relaxed and focusing on breathing in and breathing out. Some use a mantra. Lawyers' can be: I want to live. Help me stay alive.
As Hines points out, there is a stigma against everything associated with suicide. Too bad an in-house lawyer in a Greenwich, Connecticut corporation didn't factor that in before trying to off herself during a divorce. When she returned to work she wasn't given the promotion she anticipated. She stewed about that a long time. She might have prevented being passed over by not attempting suicide.
Hines now makes a living and has put together an identity through being a mental-health advocate and author on topics related to that.