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Surprising Trend of Lawyer Suicides

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Published on Jan 21, 2014

CINCINNATI -- A surprising trend has emerged across the country. As the murder rates drops, the suicide rate among lawyers is on the rise.About 15 lawyers recently have been found dead, all ruled suicide.Lawyer suicides have occurred in Ohio, Kentucky, Montana, Florida, North and South Carolina, Mississippi and Oklahoma.A CNN review of all state bar associations reflects a national concern; seven states even added a mental health component to their mandatory license renewals.CNN says some of these attorneys were highly functional until the end.His wife gave his eulogy. She talked about how proud he was of his children and his best friends got up and talked about what a wonderful man he was. And then you ask, why would this person take their own life? said Tabatha Hochscheid, Ken Jameson's legal partner.Two more lawyers in her office building killed themselves. Hochsheid formed a mental illness assistance group in Jameson's name -- for when the stresses of a profession -- surrounded by conflict is too much.

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