Robin William’s life brought millions of people laughter and catharsis. His death robs us of that, and robs his family of him.
If any good can come of this, it might be to remind us that people of any age can be suicidal. The CDC says to watch for these warning signs:
- Talking about wanting to die
- Looking for a way to kill oneself
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings
The more severe these symptoms are, the higher the risk is. If a friend or loved one is displaying these symptoms, don’t leave them alone. Keep them away from firearms, which are the most common means of self-harm in the United States, and also remove any alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects. And then get help.
You can call the National Suicide Prevention help line at 800-273-TALK (8255), or another suicide help line. You can contact a psychiatrist. You can take your loved one to the emergency room.