You are not alone. Recent comprehensive studies indicate lawyers have the highest rates of alcohol and drug misuse, depression, anxiety and suicide of any other profession in the United States. The American Bar Association has deemed law “a profession in crises” and has rolled out both model rules and a specific tool book to help change the culture which fosters these debilitating issues. Identifying these issues and treating them is both doable and successful. Lawyers can create a healthy balance in which personal relationships, healthy stress management and job satisfaction is a reality.
Lawyers are particularly concerned about confidentiality. Under NH Supreme Court Rule 58 the confidentiality of all client interaction with NHLAP is guaranteed. Any information disclosed to anyone in NHLAP – the employees, the volunteers, the referrals – will never be disclosed unless there is express authority of the client to do so. Further, NH Administrative Rule 37(e) creates an attorney-client
privilege for all information disclosed to NHLAP. If help sought indicates a violation of the NH Rules of Professional Conduct, NHLAP cannot disclose that information to the discipline authority.
There is no reason to wait. If you feel that something in your life is interfering with your ability to be the best lawyer you can be, whether it be alcohol, prescription drugs, depression, anxiety, grief, aging, work- life imbalance, or burnout call NHLAP. We are here to help.
NHLAP Helpline 1-877-224-6060