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.
Bree, who works in our National Office, writes about why it is crucial that minority populations speak more openly about mental health issues.
Dionne Monsanto, board member for our NYC Chapter and Executive Director of The Siwe Project, writes about #NOshame Day and her journey into mental health advocacy after the death of her daughter, Siwe.
AFSP's volunteers and advocates have a lot to celebrate this 4th of July. Read selected stories highlighting new prevention legislation and funding.