Stress/Depression/Addiction Resources

    Sand Creek Member Assistance Program

    • Sand Creek Member Assistance Website - click on "wellness center" your password is sdsb1 
    • You can also call 651-430-3383 and 888-243-5744 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for crisis services and/or problem assessment, action planning and follow up.  

    Mental Health Centers Agreement

    • South Dakota Council of Mental Health Centers - We have reached an understanding with all of these centers and will honor our agreement. If you are stressed out or you believe that you may be suffering from depression, the State Bar encourages you to seek a professional evaluation. If you don't have insurance or otherwise lack the financial resources, the State Bar project, funded by ALPS and the SD Bar Foundation, will cover the evaluation and several follow-up counseling sessions if indicated. You need to only schedule the appointment and show them your active membership card. This is a confidential project. Counseling records are not made available to the State Bar. We just pay the bill for those who can't afford it, up to the limit of $500 per lawyer.
      If you have a law partner or lawyer friend that you believe may be suffering from stress and depression, visit with them. Encourage this lawyer to consider having an evaluation. Depression caught at the early stages prior to becoming chronic is much, much easier to address. In just a few counseling sessions, you/your friend can learn techniques to more effectively deal with the stress in our lives, whether personal or professional.

    12 Signs of Depression

    1. I’m eating much more (or much less) than usual.
    2. I’m sleeping more (or less) than usual.
    3. I’m sad most of the time.
    4. I feel worthless and often guilty.
    5. I often feel tense and irritable.
    6. I have no energy, even when I get up in the morning.
    7. I have lost interest in most of the activities I used to enjoy.
    8. I feel hopeless about the future.
    9. I have trouble concentrating, making decisions, or remembering.
    10. I cry a lot.
    11. I have persistent aches and pains.
    12. I think about death or suicide. (If you answer yes, seek immediate help, regardless of your answers to the other questions.)

    According to the National Foundation for Depressive Illness, you could be suffering from depression if you have experienced two or more from the preceding list of symptoms for at least two weeks in a row.


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