Joan Rivers, you will be remembered for your brilliance as a comedian, but we at AFSP want to thank you for inspiring so many survivors of suicide loss to speak out and find their way forward after the death of a loved one. Your courage and your work helped give the suicide prevention efforts in the United States the momentum they needed to become a national movement. We’ll miss you.
AFSP to Screen “Dead Poets Society” in Memoriam of Robin Williams During World Suicide Prevention Week on Sept. 10
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in partnership with movie/cause site eflixir.com and charity shopping site We-Care.com, is memorializing Robin Williams and promoting mental health awareness with a screening of Dead Poets Society during National Suicide Prevention Week, on Wednesday, September 10.
Unfortunately, too much discussion around Robin Williams’s death by suicide has brought up questions like, Is suicide a selfish or cowardly act? Is it a choice? But the questions present us with an opportunity to educate the public and shape the discussion about suicide.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers our condolences to Robin Williams’ family, his friends, and everyone touched by Robin’s generous spirit.
The research is clear: inappropriate messaging of deaths by suicide can trigger others to attempt suicide.
AFSP's Vice President of Research, Dr. Jill Harkavy-Friedman, was interviewed by the Today Show on NBC concerning findings recently published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.