A recent example of how difficult it can be for professionals to seek help was in April 2016, a young accountant plunged to his death from a London skyscraper after his online gambling addiction spiralled out of control.
Joshua Jones was only 23 and working with PwC but also led a double life and was addicted to online gambling. He committed suicide after his gambling habit and associated debts rose uncontrollably, an inquest into his death was told. What this sad story indicates is there are people in the professions with problems and some do not feel able to be able or comfortable to seeking support.
We understand the pressures that professionals have of billing, clients, peer group, family and financial commitments which can make it difficult to take time out to seek help. Therefore, it is vital such professionals impacted by addiction or other issues seek qualified help as soon as possible otherwise the issues will conflate and the potential downside will be greater.
We also understand the increased shame that can exist for professionals as there is a general community expectation of lawyers, accountants and professionals to be stable, together people with their psychological house in order. For these professionals, it can be more difficult to admit to both themselves and others they have a problem.
Matthew Reynolds has a gradute diploma is Counselling and a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He was a qualified accountant before embarking on a more satisfying career of counselling.