Lawyers, as well know, have a higher than average rate of suicide. It seems to be a default. Well, you may be able to game that system. If that's what you want. You have to want to survive.
In her memoir, Mariel Hemingway explains how she has, at least so far, bypassed the family genetic legacy for suicide. Among the victims have been her grandfather novelist Ernest and her sister supermodel Margaux. The book is "Out Came The Sun: Overcoming the legacy of mental illness, addiction, and suicide in my family." Here you can order it from Amazon.
Hemingway believes in a sort of suicide family gene. It seems the Plath family had it. Both poet Sylvia and her biologist son Nicholas took their lives. On the Eastern European side of my family, there is plenty of suicide activity. Since age 11, I had experienced a preoccupation with checking out.
Hemingway demonstrates that it is possible to dodge that legacy by healing. That sounds simplistic. But anyone who has made it their business to heal understands the profound difficulty. One tool - meditation - might require years on the cushion before there is that paradigm shift to "I intend to live and can pull it off."
Part of the healing process is to acknowledge early trauma and that the teenage years might not have been too hot either. Also, a key takeaway from this book is that professional success might not be a factor in a determination to live. Hemingway had played Tracy in Woody Allen's "Manhattan" and still suffered profoundly in feeling not at-home in the world.
Lawyers may balk that there is no time to heal. But time might not be on their side if they don't start the process. Meanwhile, they have to give up the magical thinking that a certain win, as in making partner or doing a smackdown in a big case, will save their lives.
It took several years of meditation and a relocation from the pressure-cooker New York Metro area to the laid-back Southwest for the suicidal ideation to stop being that freight train speeding through my head. Starting early in the day.