I just watched a press conference on MSNBC that details was finally released about Robin Williams’ death. It was said that he was found in the bathroom with a belt around his neck and the other end in a door jam of a closet. It was also mentioned that they found cut marks on one of his wrists. Apparently he was suffering from depression that wasn’t treated. What a tragic loss to the world. It’s speculated that he was depressed over his financial situation.
Fans have placed flowers outside the home that was used in Mrs. Doubtfire the movie, and in Hollywood flowers and candles were left on his star on the walk of fame. The nation mourns the death of this great comedian, Hollywood star, and philanthropist. I think that we all have mourned his death in our own ways.
Depression, something not to be taken lightly. We’ve all seen the growing amount of commercials on TV about anti-depressants. According to the National Institute of Mental Health; In 2012, an estimated 16 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. This represented 6.9 percent of all U.S. adults. With today’s society, I’d imagine that the rate is even higher. It’s not bad or shameful that you have a Mental condition, we all have one just most of the time, most people just deal with the condition without seeking help.
If you do have depression and have thoughts of hurting yourself or others, please don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Everything you discuss with your doctor and therapist is confidential and protected by law (At least it is in the United States, I don’t know about other countries). Contact your PCP (Personal Care Physician) or call the behavioral health department of your healthcare center. If you need them, I have some links below as well as the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (United States). If in Europe or Canada, I suggest a Google search. If you’re interested, I also have the link to the article that I got the depression statistics from as well.
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Find your local NAMI branch
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Thanks for reading and stay safe! 😀