When Pandora’s box was opened, the troubles of the world were released, and our profession works to heal the effects of those societal ills. Distress in our profession is no secret. It affects our clients and parties, and it affects us. As we reach the end of Suicide Prevention Month, we don’t need a reminder that this is an issue of concern every day of the year.
LCL recently partnered with the U of M Law School Well-Being Initiative to host a NAMI presentation of the Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention protocol. Participants learned warning signs, myths, and facts, and how to reach out to someone you are concerned about using the QPR method. NAMI also offers this class to the general public every month.
Participants learned that people who are feeling suicidal don’t want to die, they often don’t see another way through what is happening in their lives. They may give out subtle or direct clues, intentionally or unintentionally, that are concerning. By expressing concern and offering a path forward, you have the chance to make a difference.
Do you know the signs of suicidal ideation? Do you know what you might say to introduce the topic if you are concerned? What if these signs are within yourself? LCL offers resources and someone to call 24/7.
After Pandora’s box was opened, one thing remained: hope. You can offer hope to another, and LCL is always here for you.