Help When You Need It Most
The Monroe County Bar Association's Confidential Assistance Programs (CAP) offer several services to help attorneys during difficult times.
For lawyers or judges struggling with anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions, the MCBA offers FREE and CONFIDENTIAL counseling through Tree of Hope (TOH), a local collaborative network of private practitioners offering individual, group and family therapy and psychiatry services. The MCBA and TOH have a dedicated Helpline that any lawyer or judge may call for help with a wide range of areas, including Anxiety/Depression, Grief/Loss,
Parenting Issues, Men’s and Women’s Issues, Relationship Issues, Divorce, Stress Reduction, and LGBT Issues. Any call will be returned by a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) within 24 hours. The LCSW will help the attorney or judge during the call and, if needed, refer the attorney or judge for additional assistance to the most appropriate therapist at TOH. The MCBA will pay for the call, as well as up to 4 follow-up visits with a TOH counselor. TOH maintains the strictest confidentiality, with the MCBA not being told the name of the lawyer or judge seeking assistance.The Tree of Hope Confidential Counseling Helpline is: 585-353-1541.
Stress & Anxiety Virtual Support Group
Join us at our month virtual support group on the first Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. The chats are informal and co-facilitated by a lawyer and mental health professional. Contact Liz Novak Henderson for more information about the next chat. All chats are hosted on the Zoom platform.
Assistance with Alcohol/Substance Addiction: The MCBA’s Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Committee provides a safe environment for legal or judicial professionals suffering from alcohol or drug addiction and for family members concerned about their loved ones. The Committee assists attorneys and judges and/or family members and colleagues affected by these diseases, referring those in need to competent professional help and self-help support groups. Help includes everything from going with the lawyer or judge to an AA meeting to helping the lawyer with his/her practice. Help can be accessed 24 hours/7 days a week through any Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers committee member or its Confidential LCFL Helpline at (585) 234-1950. All communication with the Committee is confidential and privileged pursuant to the Judiciary Law § 499.
Solace is an MCBA program to assist any lawyer, judge, law firm, courthouse or bar association employee, or other member of the legal community and their families, who suffers a loss or develops a particular need as a result of a sudden catastrophic event, injury, or illness. Upon receipt of a request for assistance, the program is implemented by an e-mail alert notification requesting assistance sent to all MCBA members. The name of the recipient receiving the assistance is not revealed unless permission to do so is given by the recipient. Needs can range from a fire loss (clothing, food, or housing) to a unique medical condition requiring specialized attention or a referral. Examples of assistance have included gift cards, food, meals, a rare blood type donation, transportation, household chores and dog walking. Supporting each other is the objective of the program. SOLACE can be reached by sending an email to Paul Leclair at email@example.com.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This service is avalible to everyone, and all calls are confidential. More information is avalible on this website: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-someone-now/
For more information about understanding the risks of suicide and what you can do to help, check out this powerpoint from Peter L. Navratil from Tree of Hope Counseling. Click here!
Peter K. Navratil, LCSW-R, CASAC