AFSP's Statement on the Death of Robin Williams

08/12/2014

Robin Williams

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers our condolences to Robin Williams’ family, his friends, and everyone touched by Robin’s generous spirit.  Based on reports, we understand that Robin took his life by suicide. 

He brought laughter into every life he touched; Robin also suffered from depression.  It is our hope that we are able to have an open conversation that depression and addictions are real illnesses that can sometimes be fatal.  Every 13 minutes someone dies from suicide, and it is among the top ten causes of death in the US.  

We have to do more to prevent such tragic deaths through greater awareness of mental health issues, warning signs, effective interventions and treatment.  Suicide is preventable and we all have a role to play to end the tragedy of suicide. 

Media wanting more information regarding suicide, warning signs and prevention can visit our website at www.afsp.org.

Experts from our organization are also available for interviews and background information for media.  Please contact Alexis O’Brien at aobrien@afsp.org or by phone at 347-826-3577 to schedule an interview or briefing.