R.I.P. Robin Williams

Photo: Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times/ContourPhotos.com

It’s really hard to know the “right” thing to say about death - I know this firsthand because my own father passed away, two years ago today, and the mourning/grief process has been complex and difficult to summarize.  

The news of Robin Williams is shocking, upsetting, and still new.  When it comes to suicide, I think we as a society still have a lot to learn.  Depression and addiction are very real (I myself have struggled with both) and it’s important to acknowledge that we’re all in this together.  How to write about a subject like this isn’t something Lisa or I are experts on - and we know the risk of suicide can increase during coverage on this topic.  However, this is also a good time to change common misconceptions about mental health. 

We encourage everyone - not just those of us feeling vulnerable - to check out these resources, compiled by The DART Center:

Active Minds empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

IMPACT: The LGBT Health & Development Program’s mission is to conduct translational research taht improves the health of sexual minority people and to increase understand of hte development of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The International Association for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to preventing suicidal behavior, alleviating its effects and providing a forum for academics, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers and suicide survivors.

The Jed Foundation’s mission is to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students.

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. 

Hug to everyone and ourselves,

Lynn