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First year attorney struggling with my mental health (& suicidal ideation). Got a job at a boutique firm right after law school in 2019 (in an area of the law I had no interest in but bills) and then the pandemic hit and I did not feel supported by the firm while WFH. My mental health declined as did my work product and I’m essentially being let go by the firm. Really struggling with thoughts of being a failure and like maybe I’m just dumb and someone mistakenly let me graduate law school.

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Hey it’s ok. I actually have a good friend nearly in the exact same situation, first law job out of school and she’s been having such a tough time WFH and about to be laid off. I just want to say, even getting fired or let go is NOT the end of the world. I promise it will be ok and is not a mistake that you graduated from law school. I’ve had trouble w mental health and been let go from two full time jobs before. It does sting but honestly sometimes it really is freeing and helps you clean slate it, pick yourself up and brush yourself off and start again after a needed break. You will find another job in time and it might even be a better one more fitted to you.

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Thank you so much for that. I have a job interview lined up for Monday and I’m praying it goes well.

Came across this and just wanted to say you will be ok, and I’m praying for your success!! You are absolutely not a dummy, you graduated law school, and that’s no easy task. When you think about suicide, remember that it is a permanent thing, and your problems are temporary. I know that sounds cheesy, but there is so much happiness and success you will go on to have, but you can’t do that if you’re not alive. Keep your head up!

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