Lawyers’ wellbeing statistics are not a good read and scientists are still piecing together the reasons why this should be so, explains Dr Bob Murray

Lawyers rank among the most depressed professionals. One in three of them contemplate suicide at least once a year and about 30 per cent suffer from clinical major depression. These are not good statistics. Something is very wrong. 

I work with lawyers mostly, but also with physicians, architects, accountants and many other high-stress professionals. 

I try to help them succeed whether they work in large or small firms. I listen to them – when I’m not giving a talk that is – because I want to know, and because that’s my job. Listening. 

I am a scientist and a clinical psychologist and as both I am trained to search for the hidden commonalities that bind people together. 

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