Because I struggled with suicidal thoughts and depression when I was younger and before I had proper ways of coping with those issues, I can usually see the signs in clients. When John came to me, he was struggling with suicidal thoughts, but we made a plan for him that included weekly talk therapy, medication, meditation, exercise, and some accountability. Thankfully, I was able to get John through his divorce and he was moving on and doing well until problems arose that put him back in a heated custody situation. In August 2022, I wanted to help John, but his case was tough and I didn't think I had it in me because of so many other hard cases as well as some health issues that seem to be directly related to representing too many clients with tough cases. I ultimately had to refer John to other lawyers.
You are probably wondering where is the wisdom and hope. The wisdom is this: know your own limitations, trust your gut, you don't really need the money, and saying no is perfectly ok for your own self-preservation. The hope is this: know that you are not alone, know there is nothing wrong with you; and know there is help out there https://texassuicideprevention.org/ and https://www.tlaphelps.org/