Suicide Prevention – Every Lawyers’ Opportunity (Live Replay Webinar)
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12/3/2019
When: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CT


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NE MCLE #184595.  2.0 Ethics Hours (Distance Learning)
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Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. In 2016, over 44,000 suicides occurred in the United States, and the rate of suicides has increased by 25 percent over the last 20 years.  A correlation exists between suicide/suicide ideation, depression, and other mental health issues, including substance abuse.  Statistics suggest that many who commit suicide were under the influence at the time of death.  In one study, approximately one third of those who committed suicide were positive for alcohol at the time of death and approximately 1 in 5 had evidence of opiates. A recent study of the state of lawyer mental health revealed that 1 in 10 lawyers had contemplated suicide during their legal careers.

This program will take an in depth look at suicide prevention in Nebraska, help you identify the warning signs, and help you learn how to intervene to help a colleague, friend, or family member who is considering self-harm.  During your career as a lawyer you may struggle with thoughts of suicide or may encounter someone who is suicidal and what you learn during this program may save your or someone else’s life.

Originally recorded Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Chris Aupperle, Director, Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program
Chris Aupperle graduated Creighton University College of Business in 1989 and Creighton University School of Law in 1992.  Chris began his law career in private practice in Omaha and eventually transitioned to in-house counsel.  Chris was appointed as the Director of the Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program (NLAP) in May of 2017.  As NLAP Director, Chris coordinates NLAP outreach and services to all Nebraska lawyers, judges and law students.  Over the past fifteen years, Chris has presented continuing legal education programs to attorneys and judges on topics related to attorney, judge and law student wellness, including substance use disorders, mental health challenges within the legal profession, compassion fatigue and stress management.  Chris has also been a frequent presenter at both Nebraska law schools.  He has been a member of NLAP Committee since 2001 and served as chair of the Committee from 2015-2017.  Chris also serves on the Advisory Committee for the Independence Center at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln.

David Miers, PhD, LIPC, Bryan Medical Center
David Miers, PhD, LIPC, is the Counseling and Program Development Manager for Mental Health Services at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln. He has been with Bryan Medical Center for 21 years. Dr. Miers received his BS from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a MS from St. Cloud State University, and a PhD from the University of Nebraska.   He is the co-founder and current past co-chair of the state of Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition and on the leadership group for the Lincoln/Lancaster County Nebraska Suicide Prevention Coalition. He has published research and co-authored a chapter in an International Handbook on Clinical Suicide Research focusing on family survivors of a child suicide. Dr. Miers assisted in the development of the Lincoln Lancaster Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) team in Lincoln and has assisted in the development of other LOSS teams in Nebraska and LOSS team development on a national level.  He has served in the past on several local boards in various capacities.