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Lessons from Robin Williams’ Suicide

 Lessons from Robin Williams’ Suicide


It’s been a year since Robin Williams took his own life.  Robin Williams is survived by family, friends, and millions of fans who have been robbed of his wit, charm and time together for the rest of their lives.  What, if any, lessons could his suicide have for us?

According to Mary Ellen Ezarsky, incoming president of the board of directors of Mental Health America of Central Carolinas, the majority of the population thinks about suicide at some point in their life.  Most of us realize that committing suicide is a short term solution to longer term problems.  But, drugs, alcohol and depression can cloud our long term thought processes and keep us from thinking about the bigger picture.

Signs of depression can include:

  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
  • Loss of interest in daily activities.
  • Appetite or weight changes.
  • Anger or irritability.
  • Self-loathing.
  • Reckless behavior.


If you know someone who is falling into a level of despair where they may be considering suicide as an option then help them think about the bigger picture.   Have them seek professional help to find a solution that is less permanent than taking their own life.  I’m reminded of a story of a man who decided that the way he was going to commit suicide was to walk himself to death.  When he was tremendously overwhelmed by life’s problems he would go out and take a walk in the woods or country roads.  During those walks he would have time to think about all of the blessings in his life and rediscover what was really important to him.  He would return with a renewed strength to find a way to make his problems temporary.

Robin Williams’ death was undoubtedly influenced by a level of despair and aloneness that brought him to choosing suicide.  He couldn’t see past his immediate problems to find a long term solution.  We need to care for our neighbors, be on the lookout for signs of depression and be there for them when we see the need.

Warm Regards,

Richard London

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