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Aug 26, 2014 | Robin Williams Suicide

It's taken me a few weeks to update our website in light of the passing of Robin Williams. There have been many reasons for this. Talking about a suicide, especially the suicide of someone who touched everyone's hearts in one way or another, is very sensitive. I've read many different articles since his passing, many written with compassion and empathy, many others with scarring words and stigma.

As a 90's baby, I grew up with Robin Williams in many ways. He was my genie, my Mrs. Doubtfire, my Alan Parish. He captivated my imagination and made me laugh like few other comedians could do. I've had Dead Poets Society on my to-watch list for a few years now, but I feel I can already resonate with O Captain, My Captain.

There is a fine line here, though, and finding that balance is proving itself to be a daunting task, even for those of us in the mental health field. On one hand, it's been years since mental health and suicide were this widely covered in the news. With this much coverage, people who are hurting without a doubt found access to phone numbers or local resources where they could get help. The reality that mental illness does not discriminate was highlighted over and over again. We can say with 100% confidence that Robin Williams was NOT lazy, selfish, weak, or crazy. So that MUST mean that other people who live with mental illness are also not lazy, selfish, weak, or crazy. This is stigma-busting stuff; information that professionals have been trying to get out there for years. With improved education comes improved services and access to those services.

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Upcoming Events

Harrisburg's Out of the Darkness Walk | Sept 13th, 2014 @ 3:00pm
Registration starts at 3. Walk begins at 5. Please Live is once again putting together a team for this year's annual Out of the Darkness Walk on City Island in Harrisburg, PA. As in previous years, we will be selling team t-shirts to raise funds for Please Live, and all funds raised for the walk will benefit the efforts of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For the latest changes and most up-to-date information on this event, visit our facebook event page.

Mental Health First Aid Training | Mental Wellness Awareness Association
Did you know you are more likley to encounter someone in a mental health crisis than in any medical crisis? This valuable training teaches you the skills to assess and intervene in a variety of mental health situations. Click here to visit our partners at the Mental Wellness Awareness Association for upcoming training events.

Resources

Looking for resources on Suicide & Depression? Here are a few of our favorites. For a complete list, check out our Resources page!

Download Mental Health First Aid Brochure

Download Suicide Statistics Infographic

Download SAFE Self-Injury Fact Sheet

Download How to Help an Online Suicidal Person

Download Health Care Resources Guide (State)

Download Health Care Resources Guide (Local)