I am old enough to remember Robin Williams’ signature roles and his signature comedic style. I enjoyed Mork & Mindy, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam, Aladdin, Good Will Hunting…and more of his work…contributions to our life and culture. It saddens me to think about him, and anyone, losing the battle against a mental illness, addiction or a chronic illness (such as Parkinson). I wish everyone could find the support they need to lead fulfilling lives.
Since Williams’ death by suicide was announced on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, there has been a lot of discussion in person and online about suicide, its impact and prevention.
Here are some interesting and informative examples.
“Robin Williams: A Life in Pictures” by Matthew Tucker and Scott Bryan on August 12 in BuzzFeed
“Lessons of Stigmas, Stereotypes in Williams’ Death” by Jake Coyle on August 16 on AP.org
Tidbit: “But depression also doesn’t care what you do for a living. It can strike anyone, any time, regardless of success, income or fame.”
“What happens when a suicide is highly publicized in the wrong way: The suicide contagion effect, “by Elahe Izadi on August 12 in The Washington Post
Tidbit: “More people die in the U.S. by suicide then in car accidents.”
“Academy’s Robin Williams Tweet Criticized by Suicide Prevention Group,” by Time Gray on August 13 in Variety
Tidbit: “We have to do more to prevent such tragic deaths through greater awareness of mental health issues, warning signs, effective interventions and treatment.”
“Michael J. Fox ‘stunned’ to learn Robin Williams had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease shortly before committing suicide,” by Nancy Dillon on August 14 in Daily News
Tidbit: “It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid.”
“Robin Williams Death: The Difference Between Depression & Normal Sadness” By Karen Rowan on August 11 in Yahoo! Health
Tidbit: “Depression is one of the most tragically misunderstood words in the English language.”
Suicide: Facts at a Glance (2012) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (one page document)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)