Prevent Suicide

Robin Williams - Suicide Prevention Lifeline
RIP Robin Williams

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Everything below is directly quoted from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at

Why call?

No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

Who should call?

If you feel you are in a crisis, whether or not you are thinking about killing yourself, please call the Lifeline. People have called us for help with substance abuse, economic worries, relationship and family problems, sexual orientation, illness, getting over abuse, depression, mental and physical illness, and even loneliness.

What happens when I call?

When you dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255), you are calling the crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. After you call, you will hear a message saying you have reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You will hear hold music while your call is being routed. You will be helped by a skilled, trained crisis worker who will listen to your problems and will tell you about mental health services in your area. Your call is confidential and free.

9 thoughts on “Prevent Suicide

  1. Johnny Ojanpera August 16, 2014 / 1:07 pm

    This really is heartbreaking. We may not ever know exactly what happened, or how the people around him didn’t see his condition deteriorating. There must have been symptoms. Regardless, awareness and understanding are paramount. Thanks for posting this, Kitt.

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  2. Kitt – This is an excellent reminder. I wish the media had talked about RW being BP. This would be such a teachable moment. He often talked about it himself but the only clip I saw yesterday was one from NPR when he made a brief reference on an NPR interview. My guess is the family made the request is the only thing I can figure out. You are probably aware that Parkinson’s Disease, the same as BP doesn’t have a test for diagnosis. It’s diagnosed from a set a symptoms. Tom had a progressive stage of diagnosed Parkinson’s Disease and when his current doctor took him off all of the drugs he was on, all of the Parkinson’s symptoms went away. I’m wondering if RW preferred to self medicate with alcohol and illegal drugs vs regular BP medications because some BP medications take away from creativity. Whatever the case, it is indeed sad and seems to have been medically mismanaged.

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    • Kitt O'Malley August 15, 2014 / 8:06 pm

      As I also recall, Robin Williams acknowledged having symptoms of manic depression. It certainly would be tragic if Robin Williams had been bipolar and had not been adequately treated. As we know, bipolar disorder is a potentially lethal disease when left untreated. As for Parkinson’s, I understand that it is difficult to diagnose. We have so far to go in the diagnosis and treatment of brain/neurological disorders. We have come far and still have far to go.


  3. Indah Susanti August 14, 2014 / 3:43 am

    This is really helpful. I hope this will help those who need it most. Great information Kitt.

    Liked by 1 person

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