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Williamsí Death Triggers Suicide Discussion

Williamsí Death Triggers Suicide Discussion

(WENY) -- Generations of fans are mourning the loss of comedic legend, Robin Williams. Williams, reported dead Monday evening of an apparent suicide. Today, authorities reveal the actor apparently hanged himself in his San Francisco Bay Area home.
     Williams dealt with alcoholism and drug addiction for years. His spokesperson says Williams was recently battling severe depression.
     "Robin Williams was an artist that was so important to so many of us, it's a big loss," said Lee-Ellen Marvin, Executive Director, Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services.
     Fans old and young are reflecting on a man they felt they knew through the big screen and everything in between.
     Today, learning, the award-winning actor reportedly died by his own hands. 
     "The preliminary and I again say preliminary results of the forensics examination revealed supporting physical signs that Mr. Williams' life ended from asphyxia due to hanging," said Lt. Keith Boyd, Assistant Chief Deputy Coroner.
      Now, in the wake of Robin Williams' alleged suicide many are asking how someone who brought so much laughter to many was overcome by feelings of depression.
     "We know that when a celebrity dies by suicide, it has an impact on people who are already struggling with thoughts of suicide," said Marvin. "And they may feel, if Robin Williams can die, maybe I can too."
     If you fear someone is struggling with similar thoughts, mental health experts say the best thing to do is ask - in a clear and direct way. And try to speak without judgment.
     "Wrapped around that suicide, there's such a stigma about talking about it, about getting help that it's really hard for people to know that they can get help," said
     There are resources available including a 24-7 national suicide hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
     The Crisis Center has free online crisis counseling available Monday through Friday from 6-9. Here is the link to more information: http://www.suicidepreventionandcrisisservice.org/
     Here is the link for community resources throughout the Southern Tier: http://www.walkamile.net/links.php