HUMP DAY: SUICIDE PREVENTION & WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM ROBIN WILLIAM’S’ DEATH
The recent death of Robin Williams was a huge loss, especially for those who grew up watching his movies. The fact that Williams- a funny, kind, and uplifting man- died by suicide, came as a shock to even those who knew him. The truth is, depression and other mental illnesses cannot be seen from the outside. On the very same day that Robin Williams took his life, 108 other people in the U.S. died by suicide. 1 in 4 American adults live with a mental illness. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-old Americans. Despite the tragedy of William’s death, there is a lesson to be learned regarding suicide and mental illnesses. To on lookers, William’s life was ideal. He was successful, and loved by many. However, mental illness doesn’t discriminate. Mental illness isn’t something money or success can take away.
We as an educated community can make a difference. A few ways to start a positive change:
1 )Change your language- People who have mental illness aren’t “crazy” or “insane.”
2) Don’t be afraid to ask someone how they are doing.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Join us for STRIDE to SAVE lives on Sept. 20th.
Register at: http://save.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=602
Elana Ginsburg, Lifestyles Center Intern
Nicole Montera, Peer Educator