Robin Williams Death Highlights that depression exists even when things on the surface seems ideal.
It was announced on August 11, 2014 that the critically acclaimed and Oscar winning actor/comedian Robin Williams had taken his own life. Robin was well known for his history of substance abuse and depression, but his suicide shocked and dismayed us all. How could this kind man who brought so much joy and happiness and had seemingly overcome his past, end his life in such a tragic and dark way?
Robin now joins a long list of celebrities who chose suicide as their way out of this world and out of their darkness. Celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Freddy Prinze, and Ernest Hemingway used suicide as their remedy to move out of their internal pain.
When celebrities like Robin Williams take their own life the world takes note. The lives of these celebrities have a direct impact on the lives of millions of people all over the world, however suicide affects individuals in every profession and even the seemingly most happy and successful can suffer from sadness and internal turmoil.
Suicide statistics show that nearly 30,000 Americans every year take their own lives. This number represents the overwhelming need for individuals with mental health problems to receive proper treatment. Mental health care can come in many different forms from counseling and lifestyle modifications to medications for others. Fortunately, many individuals save their own lives by taking the steps necessary to seek out professional care from counselors and mental health specialists.
As a mental health professional myself, and someone who has experienced suicide in my own family. I am devastated to hear the news that Robin Williams took his own life. I am also motivated to take action and to help people prevent this tragedy from befalling them in their own life. I urge any individual suffering from depression or a mental illness to reach out, and if you know any person who is suffering to encourage them to seek counseling and try to take an active role in their healing.
The price depression often pays is the highest of them all, prevent suicide by seeking help and encouraging others to do the same.
Warren Broad is a clinical hypnotherapist, who specializes in depression, anxiety, and addictions and compulsive behaviors. Warren runs his private and online practice in Ontario, Canada, and is the co-author of the number one Amazon best seller It’s The Landing That Counts. To contact Warren Broad click any of the links below.