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Lawyers Helping Lawyers

Don't spend another day suffering from depression or substance abuse.  
A confidential phone call to a member of the Lawyers Helping Lawyers Program could be the most important call you will ever make.

All inquiries, questions and conferences are privileged and held in the strictest confidence between the program and the lawyer by 8.3(c) of Rule 407, SCACR.

Free helpline
Call the Lawyers Helping Lawyers toll free helpline at (866) 545-9590 or contact any of the Lawyers Helping Lawyers committee members directly.

Support for those experiencing illness
The Sustained program provides support for Bar members who are coping with the challenge of illness and the impact it has on their personal and professional lives. Sustained pairs these attorneys with a lawyer who has experienced a similar challenge. If you have been affected by the challenge of illness, or if you are willing to volunteer to help others new to the challenge and share your experience and support, contact Beth Padgett, Assistant Director of Lawyers Helping Lawyers, at (803) 576-3801 or bpadgett@scbar.org. Members willing to become a part of the Sustained Network are assured of confidentially.

Video testimonials
Click here to hear testimonials from Bar members who have been helped with the program as well as encouragement and support from others.

Free counseling services
CorpCare will also provide up to five free hours of intervention counseling for attorneys experiencing emotional or stress-related issues. Lawyers using the service will remain completely anonymous. Bar members may call CorpCare  toll-free at 855-321-4384 to be referred to a counselor in their area 24 hours a day.

Free resources
The Lawyers’ Epidemic: Depression, Suicide and Substance Abuse is a new resource written by Stuart Mauney that includes helpful information.

The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program produced Practicing from the Shadows: Depression and the Legal Profession, which profiles four Texas attorneys and their recovery from depression, and offers support to those who are struggling. 

For information about depression, anxiety disorders and other mental illnesses, as well as for information about treatment and recovery, please visit the website of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

J. Robert  Turnbull Jr., Director

1-866-545-9590 (toll free helpline)
(803) 576-3781 (office)
(803) 603-3807 (cell)
rturnbull@scbar.org