After writing my initial post about Robin Williams, a press conference was held which confirmed that the cause of his death was ruled a suicide. Suicides affect real people and not just celebrities. And they occur at an alarming rate. According to statistics from the CDC, there were nearly 40,000 suicides in the United States in the year 2010 alone.
If you or someone you know is depressed and/or contemplating suicide, take action now - don’t wait. Call 911 for any life threatening situations and urgent help.
There are also crisis hotlines you can call for advice, see below:
For Military Veterans there is a dedicated Veterans Crisis Line and can be reached at:(1-800-273-8255 and Press 1) or you can chat online at: http://veteranscrisisline.net/
For everyone in the U.S. (including Veterans) you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-8255 or you can chat online at: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/