Death of Robin Williams Highlights Continued Need for Depression Education

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robin_williams_2011a_2We are saddened by the death of actor Robin Williams. His death by suicide demonstrates that the pain of depression is very real and reminds us that we should be attentive to ourselves and to others. It's important to acknowledge that both bipolar disorder and depression are treatable illnesses and for the vast majority of people treatment is successful. Each of us needs to feel empowered to seek help when we are struggling and to support others in doing the same.

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, and there are an average of 105 suicides each day. The medical community is in agreement that as many as 90% of suicides can be attributed to mental health issues.

If you are struggling with bipolar disorder or depression, you are not alone. One in four adults experience mental illness in a given year.

The loss of anyone to suicide can be devastating, but we should not lose hope. Family and friends are essential in helping those who are struggling with depression and bipolar disorder. When families and friends are armed with knowledge and find support, they are often able to improve treatment results and cope effectively.

Please allow yourself to get help and encourage those around you to do the same.  Read how to help someone who has depression.

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