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Honoring Robin Williams’ Legacy

Robin Williams Quote

The suicide of Robin Williams has hit us all hard, in uniquely personal ways. It is very difficult to come to grips with the fact that this brilliantly talented, exceedingly kind and caring, and downright funny man had so much pain within him that he no longer wanted to live.

Horrible Statistics

Many people have experienced the kind of deep depression that led Robin to believe that suicide was his only alternative. Indeed, 15 percent of people diagnosed with clinical depression commit suicide, and multiples of that number make failed attempts to take their own lives. Thankfully, only a small percentage of suicide attempts are successful. Still, more than 30,000 Americans take their own lives each year, though more than 800,000 people try to kill themselves. By most accounts, there are at least 4.5 million suicide survivors in the United States today.  Depression is very real, and very debilitating.  In fact, the World Health Organization says depression is the #1 disability in the world.  Further, it is known that depression is one of the prime risk factors for suicide. Read the rest of this entry »